Great Lakes Council has completed work to reconstruct a 650 metre length of The Lakes Way through the village of Bungwahl.
“Significant improvements to the road width, drainage and pavement condition have been made,” said Council’s Director of Engineering Services, Mr Ron Hartley.
Improvements were also made to the intersection of Seal Rocks Road with The Lakes Way as it did not meet current design standards.
“From The Lakes Way there is now a right turning lane into Seal Rocks Road, an improvement to road safety at the intersection given the number of vehicles turning into Seal Rocks Road.”
“The intersection has also had street lighting erected,” said Mr Hartley.
Council Operations staff undertook the construction project.
“The project progressed well and is a credit to all Council staff involved,” said Council’s Operations Manager, Mr Robert Fish.
“We thank businesses and locals in Bungwahl and motorists who regularly use The Lakes Way for their patience whilst the work was undertaken,” said Mr Fish.
“The work has been undertaken through Council’s Regional Road Construction program with funding provided from Roads and Maritime Services Repair Program and the Regional Roads Block Grant,” said Mr Hartley.
“Further work on The Lakes Way in Bungwahl is expected to be undertaken in the 2016 – 2017 financial year as part of Council’s ongoing commitment to upgrade The Lakes Way,” said Mr Hartley.
Great Lakes Council has completed upgrading projects on two sections of Bombah Point Road, which links with rural properties and the Myall Lakes National Park to the east of Bulahdelah.
“Council staff undertook work on Bombah Point Road earlier in 2015 and these recent works further improve the standard of the road,” said Council’s Director of Engineering Services, Mr Ron Hartley.
One section of the recent work saw a gravel road section reconstructed over a 1.1km length enabling a bitumen seal to be applied. The work involved adding gravel to the existing road surface followed by lime stabilisation. Roadside table drains were established and a bitumen seal applied to complete the work.
“Over holiday periods Bombah Point Road sees an increase in traffic which can result in gravel road sections deteriorating rapidly. Now this 1.1km section of the road has a bitumen seal the requirement to undertake gravel road maintenance work is no longer required,” said Mr Hartley.
The second section of the completed upgrade work is 700 metres in length and is just to the east of the Pacific Highway overpass. This section of road previously had a very narrow sealed width.
“The narrow width was quite dangerous as passing vehicles needed to move over onto the gravel shoulder,” said Mr Hartley.
On this section the finished work has seen the sealed road widened.
“Council staff from Bulahdelah Depot has undertaken the work” said Council’s Operations Manager, Mr Robert Fish. “The work progressed well and has been completed in a short timeframe, just in time for the Christmas holiday period.”
“The projects have been completed under Council’s Rural Road Construction Program, which includes funding through the Federal Governments Roads to Recovery scheme,” said Mr Hartley.
“Further work on Bombah Point Road to bitumen seal the remaining gravel road sections is planned to be undertaken in coming years through Council’s Rural Road Construction Program,” said Mr Hartley.