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“Today’s announcement of $50 million is in addition to the $10 million the Liberals & Nationals funded in 2011“.
In November 2018, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council committed $5.5 million to the project. The cost of the duplication has increased to approximately $65 million.
“Ocean Drive is currently under the responsibility of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council but will soon fall under the jurisdiction of the NSW Government as part of the plan to transfer up to 15,000 kilometres of council owned roads, the ‘Regional Road Network’ back to the State.
“This is in stark comparison, when Labor was in Government, the now Opposition Leader who was the then Roads Minister, dumped $447 million dollars worth of regional roads onto local councils and let them fend for themselves knowing that many didn’t have the rate base to fund basic maintenance.
“Initial design work was undertaken during 2013 and in September 2015 Port Macquarie-Hastings Council engaged SMEC to continue the concept design, environmental assessment, and detailed design for the project,” Mrs Williams said.
“The plan to upgrade Ocean Drive includes the duplication from two to four traffic lanes to improve traffic flow, upgrading of six intersections and access points and improved pedestrian access.”
“Today’s announcement comes just 48 hours after Ocean Drive was revealed as one of the most complained about roads on the North Coast according to the NRMA’s Rate Your Road survey,” Mrs Williams said.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said current traffic volumes of up to 2200 vehicles per hour in the morning peak hour are expected to increase by up to 35 per cent by 2036 due to forecast residential growth in the southern suburbs.
“Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will now work with Roads and Maritime Services to develop detailed designs for this duplication and finalise the business case, including consultation with key stakeholders” Mrs Pavey said.
A re-elected Liberals & Nationals Government, working with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will start work on Ocean Drive straight away, including community consultation and finalization of the detailed design.
Since 2011, the NSW Liberals & Nationals have invested more than $857 million into road infrastructure in the Port Macquarie electorate, delivering easier, faster and safer roads.
Video : Published by Port Macquarie Council on 6 Oct 2015
Watch this flythrough video which takes you on a simulated drive along Ocean Drive so you can experience the new road as it MIGHT look.
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