Kempsey Road

Kempsey Road Project

The Kempsey-Armidale Road is an important corridor, which links Armidale and the coast. The road also supports agriculture and tourism industries in both the Armidale and Kempsey regions.

The road was severely damaged by bushfires at the end of 2019 and subsequent flooding in 2020 and 2022. 

  • Bushfire, NSW bushfires: 31 August 2019 onwards
  • Storm and Flood, NSW storms and floods: 15 January 2020 onwards
  • Heavy rainfall in February and March 2022

The condition of the road has deteriorated due to these natural disasters and several landslips have occurred. Various emergency works attempts have been undertaken to open the road to the public since then.

Council is working to rehabilitate and restore 45kms of Kempsey-Armidale Road to pre-disaster condition.