The Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker MP, said the project is reaching completion and the speed limit can now be lifted to 110km/h to provide consistent travel conditions for motorists and freight operators.
“These increased speed limits will reduce travel times, which means local businesses on the Mid North Coast are even more connected with major metropolitan areas – the time saved is money saved for local businesses,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Member for Oxley and NSW Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey said the new Highway has been progressively opened over the last 6 months.
“Motorists have been enjoying the new four lane divided road, which was upgraded in two sections – the 23 kilometre Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrade and the 14 kilometre Kundabung to Kempsey upgrade,” Mrs Pavey said.
“There is now only six kilometres, between Warrell Creek and Bald Hill Road, to complete – which is expected to occur in mid-2018, weather permitting,” she said.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “When all works are complete, motorists will be able to drive on around 130 kilometres of upgraded highway between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour at a speed limit of 110km/h.
“This massive and lasting project has been jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments, totalling more than $1 billion of investment in our region.”
“There is still some relatively minor finishing work underway so motorists are reminded to obey all traffic control signs,” Mrs Williams said.
In the coming months, post-construction operational noise monitoring will be carried out to check road traffic noise levels and compare these to the pre-construction noise levels. This monitoring is expected to occur once the speed limit is increased to 110 km/h and traffic patterns have settled.