MidCoast Council crews are currently in the process of sealing a section of The Branch Lane at The Branch, with works continuing through to the end of July.
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What was originally started as a 1km project has recently grown to a 2.4km extension of the bitumen seal, from the Warraba Road intersection to the Branch River Crossing. The scope of works includes establishing roadside table drains adjacent to waterway crossings, stabilising and supplementing the existing gravel base, and finishing with a two-coat bitumen seal. Signage and guideposts will also be upgraded as part of the seal extension project.
This project will not only result in a much smoother, safer drive for road users, it will also reduce the amount of sediment being washed into the Branch River.
“We’re really pleased to see this project extended, not only for the improvements to our transport network, but for what this means for the community regularly using this road,” said Jamie Condie, Council’s Manager Operations (South).
“It’s great to see the original length of the works doubled and on top of the improvements for road users, it will also have a positive environmental impact as it reduces the amount of sediment entering the neighbouring waterways, good news all round.”
Council’s Stroud operations team is undertaking the work which began in February with tree removal and will continue until July, weather permitting.
For further information on roadworks taking place across the region, head to Council’s website www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/roads.