Investment continues in road repairs

Media release - 7 July 2017

As Kempsey Shire Council commences its $6.5 million road maintenance program for 2017-2018, a number of key road improvements are underway across the shire.

Council recently began road rehabilitation work at Stuart Street, Kempsey between Macleay Valley Way and Forth Street. Valued at $215,000 the work includes rehabilitating the pavement and resurfacing with asphalt to improve the road surface, providing safer and smoother driving conditions for residents.

Work to improve Stuarts Point Road from Lukes Lane to Hunters Road will also get underway on Monday 17 July. The $1.45 million work involves widening and resurfacing and follows on from the 1.6km section of the road completed last year.

Council has progressed with works on River and North Streets in West Kempsey with completion of the initial bitumen seal. The scope of the work, in this high traffic area, is valued at $1.3 million and has involved the replacement of failed kerb and guttering, improvements to drainage, replacement of failed pavements and strengthening of extensive pavement areas.

Asphalt surfacing was carried out in the vicinity of the hospital and a dedicated right turn lane to Polwood Street will be linemarked shortly. Council will return to the area in September when the weather conditions are more favourable to place a final seal layer.

Council’s Manager of Engineering Works, Tony Green, said the projects will deliver positive benefits for the community with improved safety and better driving conditions.

“A significant amount of planning and investment goes into strengthening our road network. It is Council’s largest asset in terms of size and the high costs to maintain it,” Mr Green said.

“Many of our roads are nearing, or past, their effective life so renewing large sections of road as well as regular maintenance is important to ensure the durability and lifespan of roads across the shire.”

To keep up-to-date with Council’s road maintenance schedule visit: or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 6566 3200