Sunday, May 26, 2024

Mid-year start for Lorne Road upgrades

NSW

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has confirmed construction work will soon start on the Stage 1 upgrade of the $10 million Lorne Road project.

The Council is now inviting tenders to progress the construction and bitumen sealing of Stage 1 of Lorne Road, which will see 2kms of road upgraded from the westernmost extent of bitumen to Upsalls Creek Crossing.

Construction is set to commence mid-2024 and will be jointly funded by the Australian Government and Council.

The mid-year commencement date for Stage 1 will allow for completion of the current Comboyne Road reconstruction works due to finish in June, Council said in a statement.

Detailed design work for Stage 2 is now also complete and, subject to available funding, will see a further 1.85kms of future road construction and bitumen sealing from Upsalls Creek Crossing to Koppin Yarratt Road. The Council says it will continue to advocate the importance of this stage with State and Federal governments and pursue funding to deliver this upgrade when suitable opportunities arise.

Council Group Manager Project Delivery, Chris Favaloro said the construction and sealing of these sections of road will enable a smoother and safer journey for residents, and those who use the road as an important freight route.

“We recognise the importance of Lorne Rd and remain committed to upgrading key sections of this connecting passage to improve driver safety,” he said.

“While we have progressed concept designs for a third stage for this project from Koppin Yarratt Road to Tipperary Road, we will not continue further planning and investigations at this time due to the estimated construction cost of this section being more than $50 million and the low traffic volume on this section. We will continue to seek funding opportunities to support the full construction of Stage 2.”

Member for Lyne, David Gillespie said he was pleased construction will soon start on the Stage 1 upgrade of the Lorne Road project.

“I was delighted to secure $5 million towards the upgrade of Lorne Road when in Government,” he said.

“Lorne Road is a strategic transport route for business and locals, and the unsealed sections are in desperate need of upgrading.

“The landslips, which occurred on the mountain section of Comboyne Road, underscore the need for a safe and efficient secondary access to and from the Comboyne Plateau.”

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