The Federal Government has released the latest six-month Report Card on the state of the rollout of the Pacific Highway duplication, concluding that the project has officially cracked the halfway marker.

The project has seen 346 kilometres, or roughly 52 per cent, upgraded to ‘motorway standard’.

Also in the summary was:

  • 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.

The duplication of the Pacific Highway is broadly considered to be the most complex and expensive road project ever undertaken in Australia.