Pacific Highway duplication opens

New section of Pacific Highway between Sydney and Brisbane opens, with rest areas and four lanes

October 2, 2009

The duplication of the Pacific Highway between Karuah and Bulahdelah on the New South Wales Central Coast has finished, complete with "much needed" rest areas for truck drivers.

The $262 million project jointly funded by the federal and NSW governments provides drivers with four lanes of uninterrupted road for 227 kilometres and has been described as "a major milestone" towards the full highway duplication between Brisbane and Sydney.

"As well as delivering safer driving conditions for all motorists, this newly upgraded section of Highway includes much needed roadside facilities for truck drivers," NSW Minister for Transport David Campbell says.

"In particular, there are now rest areas on the northbound carriageway at Nerong Waterholes and the southbound carriageway at Browns Flat, providing truck drivers with additional safe places to take a break.

The new highway also includes seven new twin bridges and turn around areas on major side roads and is expected to take 4,000 trucks a day of the local streets of Bulahdelah by 2011.

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