Sealing commenced on Towamba and Burragate roads: Bega Valley

Upgrading and sealing works on the Burragate Road.
Upgrading and sealing works on the Burragate Road

The upgrade and sealing of the Towamba and Burragate roads is progressing well, with the first coating of stone and bitumen currently being laid.

“We are upgrading and sealing the roads in stages to minimise the disruption to residents throughout the construction period,” Projects Services Manager, Daniel Djikic said.

“At the moment we’re working on the unsealed sections between Towamba and Burragate, and Burragate to Mount Darragh Road.

“While this first layer of bitumen and stone might look like the finished product, there are another two layers to be applied in the coming months.

“Road users need to understand the first seal is still very much a construction site, with loose stones, so they need to drive to the conditions.”

The total length of the two roads is 47.4km, of which 25km was unsealed; 20.4km on Towamba Road and 4.6km on Burragate Road.

“The full scope of the project includes road alignment improvements, pavement strengthening, bitumen sealing, roadside clearance, drainage upgrades, signage and guardrails,” Mr Djikic said.

“The Towamba Road has a number of sharp bends which are being realigned and some sections of the roads are being widened.

“Overall safety will be greatly improved for the 121 property owners and other road users, including school buses, particularly during adverse weather conditions.”

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said this road sealing project will be life changing for Towamba and Burragate residents.

“I am so pleased that the works are finally underway following $10 million being secured from the NSW Government for the project, highlighting our commitment to safe local, rural and regional roads,” Mr Constance said.

“Having listened to the community, we knew there was a real concern regarding the current state of Towamba and Burragate roads, and I’m glad we are now delivering these vital safety upgrades that will make life easier for local families.

“No longer will cars be subjected to damage from rough roads and resident’s fears about emergency services or allied health services not being able to access them in adverse conditions will be alleviated when the works are completed.

“This will be a great result for the community and one I am pleased to have been able to deliver with council for the betterment of all residents and road users.”

Current traffic controls will remain in place for the duration of the project. Travellers are advised to drive safely, follow traffic management signage and speed limits.

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