APP, in a joint venture with Arcadis, has been the Project Verifier of the Design and Construction for the Nambucca Heads to Urunga Upgrade Project for the past two and a half years and as of last week we’re delighted to report the new highway is open to the public.
The Project commenced in December 2013 and was scheduled for completion in August this year, however following a combined effort from all involved, the highway was opened on 22 July 2016. Over 160km of defect walks in the last 3 weeks was completed, covering every aspect from fencing, earthworks, drainage, pavement, road furniture and landscaping.
The Nambucca Heads to Urunga Upgrade Project includes the design and construction of 22km of four-lane divided carriageway. A southern upgrade section, approximately 10km long, from Nambucca Heads to North of Valla Beach was built adjacent to and over the existing Pacific Highway and a northern "bypass" section around Urunga was constructed on a new alignment to the west of the Pacific Highway.
The works involved approximately:
- 3.8 million cubic metres of earthworks with substantial 30m deep cuttings north and south of the Kalang River,
- the construction of 38 bridges including a 150m twin bridge across the Kalang River,
- 31 culverts including 17 box culverts,
- two new interchanges and the modification one existing interchange,
- 180,000m3 of concrete pavements including two sections of CRCP,
- dedicated fauna crossings, and
- landscaping and revegetation works.