Construction works underway for $2.1b M1 Pacific Motorway extension in NSW

M1 Motorway

M1 Pacific Motorway, NSW,


Construction has commenced for the $2.1 billion M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace in New South Wales, as foundations have now been laid.

The M1 Pacific Motorway’s ‘missing link’ will finally be fixed, thanks to investment from the Australian and NSW governments.

Shovels have been put in the ground and the foundations laid for the transformative and vital M1 Pacific Motorway extension, which state and federal Ministers will visit.

The $2.1 billion M1 extension, which includes upgrades to the surrounding network, such as the Hexham Straight widening, is funded by both levels of government, with the Australian Government committing $1.68 billion and the NSW Government committing $420 million.

It will feature a 15-kilometre extension of the motorway, removing five sets of traffic lights and cutting nine minutes from travel times during peak periods.

“It’s so exciting to stand alongside the NSW Government and see shovels in the ground for a project which will be a huge benefit to travellers and truck drivers, but also to Hunter Valley families,” says Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

This upgrade will mean quicker travel times between Sydney and Brisbane, but most importantly – safer travel for families and workers who use this route going up and down the east coast,” says Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

It will also deliver a 2.6-kilometre viaduct over the Hunter River and floodplain, the Main North Rail Line, and the New England Highway.

There will also be new bridge crossings over local waterways at Tarro and Raymond Terrace, and an overpass for Masonite Road at Heatherbrae.

“The NSW Government is proud to partner with the Commonwealth to deliver this vital infrastructure which will improve reliability and efficiency for those travelling across our state, particularly in the Hunter region,” says Premier of NSW Chris Minns.

“Not only will this provide smoother journeys for drivers in the area, but it will also boost economic activity and provide local jobs,” says Premier of NSW Chris Minns.

This is one of two remaining locations on the east coast corridor where the route is an urban road with traffic lights – the other being at Coffs Harbour, where work is also well underway on a new bypass which is due to be completed in late 2027.

“This project, together with the Coffs Harbour bypass, will provide the remaining major upgrades to complete a free-flowing dual carriageway route between Sydney and Brisbane,” says Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.

“The M1 extension will create more efficient and reliable journeys by bypassing five sets of traffic lights, saving nine minutes in travel time and removing about 25,000 vehicles a day from key congestion and merge points between Newcastle and Maitland.

“I’m delighted that both the Australian and NSW governments are working together to complete the job so locals across the Hunter can see an end to the traffic chaos and daily delays,” says Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.

“This will provide a welcome boost to the economy by supporting up to 2,700 direct and indirect jobs during construction and will transform the way people move to and from and through the Hunter,” says NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Jenny Aitchison.

“More than $3 billion of road projects are being funded by the Australian and NSW governments across the Hunter at the moment,” says NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Jenny Aitchison.

The M1 extension at Raymond Terrace is expected to be open to traffic in 2028.

Click here to see more information on the project.

Source: © Commonwealth of Australia

Image Source: © Transport for NSW 2024

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