The latest six-month Report Card setting out the progress made in the second half
of 2012 (July to December) towards the ultimate goal of a fully duplicated Pacific Highway has today been released.
A full copy of the document can be downloaded at: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/pacific.
In summary, as at the 31 December 2012:
- 346 kilometres of the Highway—or about 52 per cent—had been upgraded to ‘motorway standard’ and duplicated following the completion of work on the Ballina Bypass as well as the upgrades at Glenugie and Banora Point.
- Another 73 kilometres was under construction: Bulahdelah Bypass; Herons Creek to Stills Road; Kempsey Bypass; Sapphire to Woolgoolga; Devils Pulpit and Tintenbar to Ewingsdale.
- A further five projects, covering a total distance of approximately 100 kilometres, were being prepared for the start of construction: Oxley Highway to Kundabung; Kundabung to Kempsey; the Frederickton to Eungai; Warrell Creek to Nambucca; and Nambucca to Urunga.
- The Environmental Impact Statement for the 155 kilometre section between Woolgoolga and Ballina was placed on display for community comment.
Since the mid-90s, the average travel times between Hexham, just north of Newcastle, and the Queensland border has been cut by up to 90 minutes and annual fatalities have been reduced from the high 40s to 24 last year.
Since 2008/09, the Federal and NSW governments have agreed to contribute
$7.92 billion towards upgrading the Pacific Highway to four-lane divided road standard, with the Federal Government providing $5.41 billion and the balance coming from the NSW Government.
The duplication of the Pacific Highway is the most complex and expensive road project ever undertaken in Australia.