It’s been billed as one of the largest road infrastructure projects in NSW – the upgrade of the Pacific Highway connecting Sydney and Brisbane.
On Monday the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull travelled to the region and was briefed on progress and met with workers during a visit to the Barrys Creek rest area.
As the upgrade makes its way up the coast we’ve been following its progress.
Take a look back at some of our top stories documenting the upgrade as it makes its way up the Mid North Coast, click each photo to take you to the full story.
June 2017: Bridge completion a milestone for Oxley Highway to Kundabung Pacific Highway upgrade
The new bridge across the Hastings River as part of the Oxley to Kundabung Pacific Highway upgrade. Click the photo to read the full story
March 2017: New lanes open on Pacific Highway between Port Macquarie and Kempsey
The 23-kilometre Oxley Highway to Kundabung section of the Pacific Highway upgrade is taking another step forward. Click the photo to read all about it.
December 2016: Oxley Highway to Kundabung work stoppage after pay dispute
Landlease Engineering employees have taken protected action across NSW after a pay dispute. Click the photo to read the full story.
September 2016: The new Macksville Bridge by numbers
The new bridge across the Nambucca River is an essential part of the $830 million Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads Pacific Highway upgrade. Click the image to read the full story and see more photos of the impressive engineerign feat.
July 2016: P-plater caught speeding hours after new highway section opens
Just 48 hours after the Nambucca to Urunga section was opened, highway patrol clocked the green p-plater travelling at 149km/h in the 100km/h speed zone. Click the photo for the full story.
July 2016: Nambucca Heads to Urunga bypass now open to traffic
At the official opening of the $780 million Pacific Highway upgrade between Nambucca heads and Urunga. Click the photo for the full story.
July 2016: Valla Rural Fire Service captain reflects on the deadly old Pacific Highway
Rural Fire Service Valla brigade captain Peter Brougham has an intimate understanding of the devastation wrought on the old black strip between Nambucca Heads and Ballards Rd south of Urunga. Click the photo to read his story.
June 2015: Indigenous trainees gain work on Pacific Highway upgrade
Tye Williams gained employment and skills as the upgrade came through town. Click the photo to take you to the full story.
January 2015: Flash new highway at Macksville by 2017
It was a big thumbs up at the ceremonial sod turning for work on the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads Pacific Highway upgrade. Click the photo to read the full story.
May 2014: Photo gallery of work on the Frederickton to Eungai section of upgrade
Click the photo above to see more photos.
November 2013: RMS boss to meet Kempsey bypass disgruntled neighbours
Laurie Walder and Kevin Gill say noise from the concrete surface of sections of the Kempsey pacific Highway bypass is affecting their quality of life. Click the photo for the full story.
July 2013: Damage trail left in wake of Bulahdelah bypass | Photos and video
Carol Newman with flooding she said was due to construction work on the Bulahdelah Bypass. Click the photo for the full story.
July 2013: Bulahdelah bypass officially opens and closes again within days.
Before its construction, the route drew protests for cutting through the foot of Alum Mountain, Bulahdelah’s signature natural landmark. Click the photo for the full story.
The story Plotting the progress of the Pacific Highway upgrade first appeared on The Macleay Argus.