Pacific Highway: A dream run
It seems each month, a new section of the massive Pacific Highway revamp is open to motorists.
The Southern Hemisphere’s largest road project is powering along under the watchful eye of our Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey – and before you know it all 790 kilometres of Australia’s national route will be dual carriageway, making the drive a dream run.
This week it was announced the much-anticipated Coffs Harbour bypass is a step closer with a strategic business case for the 14 kilometre detour now endorsed by Infrastructure NSW and submitted to the Federal Government.
By 2020 the Pacific Highway will be delightful, dual carriageway drive.
Earlier this month the 'Phillip Hughes Bridge' was opened over the Nambucca River, honouring the late cricketer and Macksville local Phillip Hughes who died after being struck by a cricket ball in a freak accident.
The Macksville community celebrated the new bridge with a walk over the new bridge and inspect the 850m long structure.
The new bridge will take highway traffic out of the Macksville CBD, giving the local streets back to the Mid-North Coast community and making the drive up or down the coast safer for all motorists over the Christmas holidays.
“By taking heavy vehicles off the main street and putting them onto the highway, the town will be handed back to the community. It will also pay dividends for local freight operators looking to get goods to market quickly,” Melinda said.
Local federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker echoed her sediments.
“Locals are well and truly aware of how hard it can be to access the highway from the CBD, and with holiday traffic looming, the completion could not come at a better time.”
Another 18 kilometre section of the Pacific Highway was also opened in November between the Oxley Highway and Kundabung and a 10 kilometre section between Woolgoolga and Halfway Creek in October.