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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

    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

    Spring 2016 sees the project’s bulk earthworks nearing completion and road paving has already commenced in sections in the north of the Nambucca River.

    Pacifico JV are half-way through completion of the bridges and the manufacturing of 160 girders that are expected to be finalised at the end of this year at the Old Coast Road precast facility.

    In the south (Warrell Creek to Nambucca River), the project team has safely delivered the railway diversion which allows for earthworks and bridge works to progress over Upper Warrell Creek – the bridge piers are under construction, as is the railway pergola.

    The Bald Hill Road interchange roundabouts are advancing, while the hard rock controlled blasting program was successfully completed in August.

    In the north (Nambucca River to Nambucca Heads), piling works for the Nambucca River bridge have successfully completed. The bridge’s girders from the northern bank have been lifted into place and lifting from the southern bank has started. Concrete decking is well under way.

    Newly constructed local roads including “Access Road E” and “Old Coast Road Central” have been commissioned, whilst construction of the Macksville north facing ramps has recently begun.

    Across the project, property and utility adjustments are successfully progressing, as is the operation of sedimentation basins and other environmental controls. The Project continues to engage with the local community to provide timely and accurate project information in order to minimise any inconvenience from potential construction impacts.


    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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