Pacific Highway Upgrade Between Kew and Port
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has announced work will start next week on a $14 million upgrade of the southbound lanes of the Pacific Highway, about 4.5km north of Kew.
“The NSW Government is funding this important work to improve the road surface along a 6.5 kilometre section of the highway between Kew and Port Macquarie.
“The work will increase the strength of the road and will provide a safer, smoother road surface for motorists,” Mrs Williams said.
“Work will start on 5 April and will take about seven months to complete, weather permitting. The work will involve breaking up the existing road pavement, restabilising, sealing and then placing new asphalt.
Mrs Williams said the work will be carried out in two stages, with changed traffic conditions in place.
“Stage one will involve building two crossovers required to move traffic off the southbound lanes, providing a safer environment for motorists and workers during construction.
“The crossovers will be built near the Houston Mitchell Drive intersection in the north and the Bago Road interchange in the south, with traffic reduced to one lane near the work site. The crossovers will take about five weeks to complete and a reduced speed limit will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists,” Mrs Williams said.
“Once the crossovers are complete southbound traffic will be moved to the northbound fast lane, with traffic reduced to one lane in each direction on the northbound lanes. This contraflow traffic arrangement will be in place for the duration of the project, which is expected to take around six months, weather permitting.
“Turning right from the Pacific Highway into Aintree Close will not be permitted once the contraflow traffic arrangement is in place in early May.
“Southbound motorists needing to access Aintree Close will instead be required to travel about 2km south to the Bago Road interchange, where a U-turn can be safely performed, before returning to Aintree Close.
“Motorists may experience delays of up to 10 minutes and should plan extra travel time for their journeys,” Mrs Williams said.