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    Pacific Highway Upgrade: Warrell Creek - Nambucca Heads

    ACCIONA Infrastructure as part of the Pacifico Joint Venture, is responsible for the design and construction of the $550 million Pacific Highway Upgrade between Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads, in New South Wales.

    General information

    Macksville, NSW, Australia
    Our role
    Design and construction
    Design and construction of 19.5km of new dual carriageway road
    Project Value
    AU$550 million
    Estimated completion date
    Mid 2018

    Key Features

    The upgrade between Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads involves:

      • Design and construction of 19.5km of new dual carriageway road.
      • Two grade separated interchanges at Warrell Creek and Bald Hill Road, south of Macksville.
      • Longitudinal bridges across Upper Warrell Creek, Williamson Creek, Warrell Creek, Nambucca River floodplain and Nambucca River.
      • Overbridges on Rosewood Road, Albert Drive, Scotts Heads Quarry access road, Bald Hill Road, Old Coast Road South, Mattick Road and Old Coast Road North and an underpass at Cockburns Lane.
      • Pacifico is working with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to develop and implement innovative and efficient design solutions which will reduce the overall construction and operations budget.


    The project is part of the larger Warrell Creek to Urunga Pacific Highway upgrade approved in July 2011 and is jointly funded by the state and federal governments.

    Once complete the upgrade will improve road safety and relieve seasonal traffic congestion.


    Current Status

    December 2017

    December 2017 was a busy month on the project with hundreds of workers doing everything possible to open 16 kilometres of new highway bypassing Macksville and Nambucca Heads and host a community event to mark the project milestone.

    Macksville came alive on Saturday 16 December as over 4,000 people took the once in a lifetime opportunity to walk across the new bridge and celebrate the project team’s hard work and community's patience. The event was held on the newly named Phillip Hughes Bridge over the Nambucca River. The day kicked off to a great start with a smoking ceremony and official ribbon cutting with plenty of music, food and fun to keep everyone smiling.

    Opening the Macksville and Nambucca Heads bypass to traffic on 18 December avoided the historic pinch-point of Macksville for thousands of holiday travellers, making summer road trips safer, faster and a lot less hot and bothered. The bypass also reduces the number of heavy vehicles travelling through the main street of Macksville providing more parking, amenity and peace and quiet for locals and visitors to the town.

    Macksville was also the first NSW town to have signs installed as part of the bypass town signage trial.


    Environmental Documentation






    If you would like to make an enquiry or complaint, or to register your general feedback please contact the Community Relations Team: 1800 074 588 (toll free), PO Box 245, Macksville NSW 2447, or by dropping into the Community Display Centre 124 Albert Drive Donnellyville.


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