Bulahdelah Bypass opens in both directions

The long-awaited Bulahdelah Bypass has opened in time for the start of the NSW school holidays. Although the upgrade opened for operation in both directions on Thursday of this week, from next Monday northbound traffic will be temporarily diverted so that noise barriers, surfacing and landscaping can be completed. The upgrade will open permanently in late July, weather permitting.

“From Hexham to Port Macquarie, the Pacific Highway is now two lanes in each direction, and we are 56 per cent of the way towards its complete duplication,” said Anthony Albanese, Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister. “That will mean safer, quicker journeys for regular users and holiday-makers alike.”

The Pacific Highway from the northern end of the F3 at Hexham is now four lanes all of the way to Port Macquarie, a distance of 220 kilometres. Prior to the bypass opening approximately 3,000 trucks travelled through the town of Bulahdelah each day.

“The overall Bulahdelah upgrade included construction of 12 bridges, including twin 245 metre bridges over the Myall River, and a steel truss bridge providing access to the significant Alum Mountain Park,” said Duncan Gay, NSW Minister for Roads and Ports.

“The project involved the removal of about 1.1 million cubic metres of material, the equivalent of some 440 Olympic swimming pools. Construction of the new 8.6 km Bulahdelah Bypass is part of the ongoing upgrade and full duplication of the Pacific Highway, the project being jointly funded by the Federal ($7.9 billion) and NSW ($2.5 billion) government.”

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