Noise mitigation work on Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade

Media Release

WT267/2015

19 August 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Luke Hartsuyker

Member for Cowper

Melinda Pavey

NSW Member for Oxley

Works are progressing on the $830 million Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway upgrade, with the noise mitigation contract awarded to GHD Pty Ltd.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project would deliver almost 20 kilometres of four-lane divided highway and new interchanges at South Macksville and Warrell Creek.

“The Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade will reduce traffic passing through Macksville, which will significantly improve the town amenity,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government has committed $5.64 billion towards completing the Pacific Highway upgrade by the end of the decade.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said the upgrade starts at the Allgomera deviation south of Warrell Creek and extends to  just south of the railway line at Nambucca Heads.

“The upgrade will also include building a rest area for light and heavy vehicles at the Nambucca Heads interchange and new bridges over Warrell Creek and the Nambucca River at Macksville,” Mr Gay said.

“GHD Pty Ltd has been engaged to manage noise mitigation for the upgrade work to minimise impact on the local community.”

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said major work started on the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade late last year and is progressing.

“The project reached a major milestone last month with work starting on a new bridge over the Nambucca River at Macksville,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Once completed this section of the Pacific Highway upgrade will improve road safety and economic efficiency and reduce travel times for road users by approximately eight minutes.”

New South Wales Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said GHD Pty Ltd would manage the delivery of noise mitigation measures for 157 residential homes.

“Road surfaces which limit the level of noise produced and noise barriers are being installed in the vicinity of residential areas to reduce noise impacts from traffic using the completed project,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Controlled rock blasting has started along the project alignment between Donnellyville and Macksville to remove about 400,000 cubic metres of rock.”

The Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments, with each contributing $415 million.

For more information on the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads Pacific Highway upgrade visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au