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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APR 2022

APR 2022Changed traffic conditions on Jones Island

Work on the second section (northbound from Oxley Bend Road to the intersection 1.5 kilometres north of Walls Lane) on Jones Island was originally due to be completed by the end of March. Due to recent wet weather the project has experienced delays and work continues on this section of the northbound carriageway.

Some changes will be made to traffic arrangements in the project area over the school holidays for the safety of motorists due to the unfinished road surface.

From Friday 8 April to Thursday 28 April, the contraflow will be removed and replaced with a single lane closure along a section of the northbound carriageway between Ghinni Ghinni Creek Bridge to 1.5 kilometres north of Walls Lane. A 40km/h speed limit will also be in place on the northbound carriageway.

Motorists may experience some delays during peak holiday periods of up to 15 minutes and are encouraged to allow extra travel time. No work will be carried out over the Easter long weekend or Anzac Day long weekend, however the changed conditions will remain in place. Downer EDI will have traffic controllers onsite during this time to manage any incidents that may occur.

The project team will return to continue work on the northbound carriageway with a contraflow traffic arrangement re-introduced from Thursday 28 April until this section is completed in early May, weather permitting.

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

FEB 2022

FEB 2022Work starts at Cundletown interchange

Work to improve safety and freight access at the Cundletown interchange will be carried out from Monday 14 February 2022 and is expected to take 12 months to complete, weather permitting.

For more information about the project view our February 2022 project notification (PDF, 159Kb) or view the project design (PDF, 465Kb).

Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm from Mondays to Fridays and between 8am and 5pm on Saturdays. To minimise impacts to motorists, some work activities will occasionally be carried out at night between 7pm and 5am from Sundays to Thursdays.

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 late-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 latest Ghinni Ghinni project notification (PDF, 304Kb) 

Cundletown – Work has started on 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 February 2022 project notification (159Kb) or view the project design (465Kb).



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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February 2022 project notification

Start of work - Pacific Highway interchange upgrade, Cundletown from Monday 14 February.

January 2022 project notification

Start of section 2 – Safety improvements on the Pacific Highway Ghinni Ghinni from Sunday 30 January

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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7 March 2022

Improvements start at Cundletown interchange

5 August 2021

$40M Pacific Highway safety boost on Mid North Coast



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