New cycle lanes and safer driving conditions

Community life - 26 June 2018

Works to improve safety for drivers while creating dedicated cycle lanes are nearing completion in parts of North, South and West Kempsey, as part of Kempsey Shire Council’s extensive road rehabilitation program.

Council’s Acting Manager of Engineering Works, Tony Green, said a big project for Council’s infrastructure staff this year has been the rehabilitation of sections of the former highway corridor.

The work has been fully funded by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to assist Council in adding these roads to the maintenance network as part of the handover of the old Pacific Highway. 

“The road shoulders on Macleay Valley Way, between Bellimbopinni and Plummers Lane, have undergone resurfacing and widening to improve the driving conditions,” Mr Green said.

“With asphalting recently completed, Council will begin line marking and will introduce a dedicated cycle lane in the coming weeks, marking the completion of that section.”

Mr Green said repairs to the road pavement at Bellimbopinni are continuing due to the extensive wear and tear the road endured when it was part of the highway.

During the work, traffic control will be in place and residents are advised that a temporary speed limit will be enforced.

Similar works to improve the width of the road and dedicated cycle lanes have been completed on Macleay Valley Way, south of Greenwattle Creek, South Kempsey. Work along Crescent Head Road from Teague Drive to Stanley Folkard Place began last Friday and is continuing.

The widening of the Elbow/River Street curve in West Kempsey also marks the completion of the rehabilitation project of Elbow and River Streets.

The Operating Plan for Kempsey Shire Council 2018-2019 includes investment next financial year of more than $10 million on refurbishing the roads and bridges network.

To stay up-to-date on council’s roads maintenance schedule visit www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/roads

Macleay Valley Way, BellimbopinniRoad shoulders on Macleay Valley Way, between Bellimbopinni and Plummers Lane, have undergone resurfacing and widening to improve driving conditions. Council will soon begin line marking and will introduce a dedicated cycle lane.