ACCESS ramps for the Pacific Hwy upgrade north of Macksville have been approved by the NSW Government.
Roads and Maritime Services has received approval for the construction of northbound and southbound on-ramps onto the upgraded Pacific Hwy at North Macksville, connection of the ramps and intersection upgrades.
"This is great news for the Macksville business community and local residents who have long held concerns that Macksville would suffer a loss of trade if motorists could not exit the upgraded highway into the town," Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said.
"Without proper access there was also widespread community concern that emergency services would be delayed.
"I have been vocal, along with my Nationals colleague, State Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and Nambucca Shire Council Mayor Rhonda Hoban, in supporting the Macksville Chamber of Commerce and Industry in their pursuit of access ramps at Macksville."
Cr Hoban said it was a protracted battle, but the result would benefit the entire community.
"It was a long fight to secure the incorporation of these ramps into the original plan for the Pacific Hwy upgrade, but the end result has been worth the struggle," Cr Hoban said.
"The entire community came together to secure this result, led initially by the late Michael 'Cactus' Moran and the Macksville Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and now we have finally got approval."
The jointly Federal and State Government funded $830 million Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads project, which includes the Macksville Bridge, was due to open in late 2017.
"This opening of the Macksville Bypass will be a significant event as it will remove a notorious highway bottleneck, but equally the decision to include access ramps to Macksville is very important for the town's businesses and residents," Mr Hartsuyker said.