National Highway 1

Northerly view over Cooranbong with the Watagan Mountains in the distance.

This is the site for anything you ever wanted to know about the F3: Sydney-Newcastle Freeway. Find all the pics you ever wanted and find out exactly when and how this amazing road was constructed. This site also includes the Western Distributor/Anzac Bridge and the Drummoyne to Lane Cove sections of freeway that were once planned to be part of this grand road. Follow the links below to read all about the construction and history, see great historic photos and plenty of current ones as well as visiting those roads that provided interim routes for this expressway during construction, Peats Ridge Rd and Motorway Link. Enjoy!

Length: 128km

Northern Terminus: John Renshaw Dr (SR132) & Weakleys Dr, Beresfield

Southern Terminus: Pennant Hills Rd, Wahroonga

Route Number: National Highway 1

Former Route Numbers: Freeway Route 3 (never signposted).

RTA Internal Classification: Main Road 6003

Opened to Traffic (sections listed from south to north):

Viaducts over Darling Harbour - August 1981
Anzac Bridge and connecting viaducts - December 1995
Drummoyne to Lane Cove - December 1965
Wahroonga to Berowra - March 1989
Berowra to Hawkesbury River - December 1968
Hawkesbury River Bridge - October 1973
Hawkesbury River to Mt White - December 1965
Mt White to Calga - October 1966
Temporary Peats Ridge route - January 1964
Calga to Somersby - December 1986
Somersby to Ourimbah Duplication - December 1983
Ourimbah Creek to Kangy Angy - December 1997
Kangy Angy to Doyalson - December 1983
Alison Rd to Wallarah Ck Duplication - October 1984
Warnervale Interchange - June 1986
Wallarah Creek to Morisset - September 1987
Morisset to Freemans Drive - March 1988
Freemans Dr to Palmers Rd - December 1990
Palmers Rd to Minmi - December 1993
Newcastle Link Rd - December 1993
Minmi to Beresfield - December 1998

Further Reading (on-site):

The following articles have been taken from the Department of Main Roads' journal Main Roads.

Pacific Hwy - Alternative route between Calga and Ourimbah (1960)
Early plans for F3_(1962)
Construction of F3 begins (1963)
New route for traffic - Calga/Peats Ridge/Ourimbah (1964)
Future route between Mt White and Somersby (1970)
Freeway plan abandoned (1996)

The following was contributed by Craig Compton & Daniel Evans.

F3 - Calga to Somersby - Opening Brochure (1987)

Further Reading (off-site):

Pacific Hwy (including F3 Freeway) - Paul Rands
Pacific Hwy/Sydney-Newcastle Freeway - Michael Greenslade

F3 Sydney-Newcastle Freeway Features

Last updated 30 July 2014
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