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.
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.
Middle Brother – work involves improving the road shoulders along a three kilometre stretch of highway near Algona Road, and installing wire rope safety barriers and rumble strips. Work started in May 2021 and is expected to be completed by December 2021.
Coolongolook – work will involve upgrading the median safety barrier. Work is expected to start in late 2021.
Ghinni Ghinni – work will involve resurfacing and improving road levels along an 11 kilometre stretch of the highway between Paddys Creek and Lansdowne River Bridge.
Work will also include installing rumble strips on both the northbound and southbound carriageways and installing sections of new safety barriers. Work is expected to start in late 2021.
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.
The project design is currently being reviewed following community consultation and further updates will be provided in the second half of 2021.
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.