The 657km Pacific Highway duplication between Hexham and the Queensland border is now complete, saving drivers up to 3 hours of travel time.
The upgrade, which took over two decades to complete, was the largest regional road infrastructure project in the country to date.
The Pacific Highway is the second busiest road freight route in Australia, just behind the Hume Highway, with freight volumes on the upgraded section set to double over the next forty years. The savings in journey time, increased productivity, and safer conditions will benefit all road users.
The opening of the new Wardell Bridge across the Richmond River as part of the upgrade has also seen the last remaining load-restricted bridge for HML vehicles on the Pacific Highway bypassed.