Major works to transform South Kempsey’s missing link

Media release - 29 August 2017

South Street, South Kempsey will soon become a major arterial road with Eire Constructions awarded the tender at the August Council meeting to carry out construction.

The project, valued at $3 million, will see a 750-metre stretch of new road constructed, connecting it to Gowings Hill Road from West Street. The extension will mean trucks and significant traffic volume can be diverted away from residential streets.

The work is largely being funded by a $2.25 million grant from the NSW Government through the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program, with additional funding provided by the Australian Government under the Roads to Recovery Programme as well as Kempsey Shire Council.

Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, said the NSW Government is committed to investing in better infrastructure for NSW and it is great to see the Macleay Valley benefiting.

“This is yet another example of the NSW and Federal Coalition Governments delivering for the Macleay Valley,” she said.

“This project will allow a more efficient traffic and business link for this industrial area while increasing safety around residential and school zones.”

Council’s Manager of Engineering Works, Tony Green, said rehabilitation work in the industrial area of South Street is already underway to repair kerb and guttering, stabilisation and asphalting.

Mr Green said once completed, the project will be a huge benefit to residents with up to 70 truck movements a day to be diverted from Middleton and West streets.

“By opening up South Street, we will reduce noise emissions for residents while improving safety and the amenity of these streets,” Mr Green said.

“The other advantage is a reduction in travel time and distance for trucks carrying quarry products and rural produce.”

Council’s rehabilitation work of South Street is expected to take approximately ten weeks, weather permitting, while construction of the major extension of the road is expected to take approximately six months to complete.