Pacific Highway

Pacific Highway safety improvements, Karuah to Middle Brother

The Australian and NSW Governments are investing almost $40 million through the Federal Stimulus Road Safety program for upgrades and improvements to reduce the risk of crashes and save lives on this busy highway.

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JAN 2022

JAN 2022Work continues at Jones Island

From Wednesday 5 January 2022, work will involve resurfacing a 400 metre section of the highway in both directions between Walls Lane and the Fig Tree Inspection Station.

A reduced 40kmh speed limit and single lane closures will be in place. Work on this section will be carried out 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is expected to be completed in two weeks, weather permitting.

After the school holidays, work will restart under contraflow arrangements where motorists move onto the opposite carriageway to pass the work area. Electronic message signs will provide direction for motorists.

The project will continue along the 10 kilometre stretch of the highway between Oxley Bend Road and Harrington Road until mid-2022.

Project information

The Australian Government committed up to $300 million and the NSW Government a further $108.2 million in March 2021 to fund state-wide upgrades under the first phase of the Federal Stimulus Road Safety program.

More than $40 million has been provided through this program to fund safety improvements at six locations on the Pacific Highway. These projects will improve safety for more than 25,000 motorists who travel along the Pacific Highway each day.

The projects will generate work for more than 250 workers during construction, which provides a welcome boost to the local economy as it recovers from COVID-19

This funding has allowed projects to be fast-tracked at Karuah, Topi Topi, Coolongolook, Cundletown, Ghinni Ghinni and Middle Brother.

These projects are delivering upgrades to a total of 25 kilometres of the highway, and include road widening, resurfacing and installing safety barriers.

Work started at some of the locations in April 2021 and all projects are expected to be completed by mid-2022.

Ghinni Ghinni – work involves resurfacing and improving road levels along an 10 kilometre stretch of the highway between Oxley Bend Road and Harrington Road.

Work also includes installing rumble strips on both the northbound and southbound carriageways and installing sections of new safety barriers. For more information view the Ghinni Ghinni project notification (PDF, 408Kb) 

Cundletown – Planning is also underway for improvements at the Cundletown interchange to improve safety and increase the level of service for larger freight vehicles.

The upgrade of the Cundletown interchange will support the development of the Northern Gateway Transport Hub on Princes Street, being developed and delivered by MidCoast Council.

Following community consultation, some changes were made to the project design. For more information view the Cundletown project notification (PDF, 863Kb). Work on the project is expected to start in early 2022.

Karuah – work involved installing median and roadside safety barriers, rumble strips, clearing and road widening.

Topi Topi – work involved installing median and roadside safety barriers, rumble strips, clearing and road widening.

Coolongolook – work involved upgrading the median safety barrier.

Middle Brother – work involved improving the road shoulders along a three kilometre stretch of highway near Algona Road, and installing wire rope safety barriers and rumble strips.

Project documents

Project notifications

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November 2021 project notification

Start of work – Safety improvements on the Pacific Highway, Ghinni Ghinni to Coopernook from Monday 15 November.

November 2021 project notification

Project update – Upgrade on the Pacific Highway at the Cundletown interchange.


Media releases

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5 August 2021

$40M Pacific Highway safety boost on Mid North Coast



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