Increasing safety on Macleay Valley Way

Media release - 9 March 2018

Increasing safety and making the driving conditions more consistent are the aims of Kempsey Shire Council’s current road reconfiguration work on Macleay Valley Way, north of Frederickton.

The responsibility of maintaining former highway corridors is handed over to local councils by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) once bypass work is completed. Depending on the conditions of the handover between the RMS and the council, the RMS will partially or fully fund maintenance to former highways to assist Councils in adding these additional roads to the local network.

The work to Macleay Valley Way involves eliminating north and southbound overtaking lanes between the Frederickton highway interchange to the old Bellimbopinni School so that the former highway stretch becomes only two lanes, one north and one south instead of three lanes.

Similar work will be undertaken between Cooks Lane and Barraganyatti Hut Road. The overtaking lanes between Smithtown Road and Plummers Lane and north of the Clybucca Roadhouse will be retained.

Some re-sealing work, reconstruction of road shoulders and changes to line marking will also take place at various locations.

Council’s Acting Manager of Engineering Works, Tony Green, said the works are valued at $4.5 million and have been fully funded by the RMS.

“With the Macleay Valley Way stretch no longer part of the Pacific Highway, the traffic volume is not as high as it used to be and doesn’t warrant having that many lanes,” Mr Green said.

“The road pavement on some of the outer lanes is heavily damaged from the wear and tear over the years when it was the highway so by eliminating these lanes, council will increase safety and improve driving conditions for motorists.”

During the work, traffic control will be in place and a temporary speed limit may be enforced.

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