About the Pacific Highway upgrade
The Australian and NSW governments have been jointly funding the Pacific Highway upgrade to provide a four lane divided road from Hexham to the Queensland border. Upgrading started in 1996 and 2020 has been identified as the targeted completion.
Currently about 81% of the 657 kilometre Pacific Highway between Hexham and the Queensland border are now four lane divided road. The remaining sections are under construction or being prepared for major work.
View or download the Status of dual carriageway map.
Upgrading new sections and carrying out safety improvements to the existing highway have brought major improvements to road conditions.
These improvements support regional development and provide:
- Safer travel
- Reduced travel times with improved transport efficiency
- More consistent and reliable travel
- Improved amenity for local communities.