Construction has started on a 1.2km section of Bangalow Road on the eastern approach to the Byron Creek Bridge and motorists should prepare for delays of five to eight minutes as traffic is reduced to single lane access on both the road and bridge.
“We apologise for the inconvenience but we hope the community can bear with us as we get cracking on these important roadworks in tandem with completing the new Byron Creek Bridge – which is progressing very well and should finish ahead of schedule in late October,” Council’s Road and Bridge Engineer Josh Provis said.
“The roadworks project is a $1.2 million upgrade of a section of road that has been in poor condition for a long time, thanks to the NSW Government’s $25 million Roads and Infrastructure Election Commitment fund.”
“We will be starting the works near Tinderbox Road and will head towards the Byron Creek Bridge in stages,” Mr Provis said.
During each stage, traffic will be reduced to a single lane and traffic controllers or traffic lights will be in place throughout the project.
“Weather permitting, we will have the new Byron Creek Bridge open to two lanes of traffic by late October and the smooth new road opened by end of November,” Mr Provis said.
Following these works the final road upgrade scheduled for Bangalow Road will take place, which involves various safety improvements along the eight kilometre stretch from the Pacific Highway to Broken Head Road, thanks to a $1.9 million grant Council received under the Transport for NSW Safer Roads Program.
The road safety improvements will include signage, line marking, safety barrier and road widening at locations where there has been a history of crashes – and this work is scheduled to commence in the next 6 to 12 months.
“As well as a brand new wider and safer bridge crossing at Byron Creek , these additional safety works will achieve a wider and safer re-designed road which will provide consistent road width and improved safety to all road users along the route from Broken Head to Bangalow.
“This is a huge achievement for Council on behalf of the Bangalow community and the wider region which relies heavily on this route,” Mr Provis said.