Reconstruction continues on southern end of Lakes Way

MidCoast Council

Works to reconstruct a section of The Lakes Way will begin this month, providing important safety improvements for travellers of this busy connector route.

In the upcoming project, Council’s Work crew will upgrade a 1km stretch of The Lakes Way to the west of Wattley Hill Road.

The upgrade will include a full reconstruction of the road pavement, widening of lanes and road shoulders, improved drainage, and the installation of guardrails and signage.

It is expected the work will be conducted over approximately six months, weather permitting, finishing with a spray seal and line marking early in 2022.

“The Lakes Way carries a high volume of traffic at all times but especially during holiday periods,” explained Rhett Pattison, MidCoast Council’s Manager of Projects and Engineering.

“The current work forms part of a longer term strategy to deliver a safe and sustainable carriage-way that will cater for the increasing amount of traffic into the future.”

The project is funded by the NSW Government in association with Council as part of the $100M Road Upgrade package provided through a Regional Road Special Purpose Grant administered by Transport for NSW.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said these projects are a huge win for the safety of the region’s drivers.

“Providing safer driving conditions across our regional road network remains a priority,” Mr Bromhead said.

“That’s why the NSW Government continues to invest in important projects like this, which will deliver a smoother and safer drive for road users.”

To ensure the safety of road users and construction crews, The Lakes Way will be reduced to a single lane under traffic control and reduced speed limits will remain in place throughout the works period. Motorists can expect delays, particularly during peak times.

While access to businesses and residential properties will be maintained at all times, road users are asked to be alert to changed traffic conditions, obey all signage and directions from crews, and to travel with caution through the work zone.

This project is part of MidCoast Council’s commitment to improving the roads that connect local communities across the region, and will provide safer driving conditions and reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

Further reconstruction works along The Lakes Way are scheduled in the coming months.

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