Work is ahead of schedule on two major road upgrades west of Port Macquarie.
The Spencers Cutting and Rosewood works are powering along with work to restart on the later project today (Monday).
The $25m upgrade at Spencers Cutting will see a new eastbound overtaking lane and a realignment of the intersection of Rawdon Island Road and the Oxley Highway.
The major works at the site are well underway with 90 per cent of earthworks complete.
Work currently includes night works at the site, including lane closures required to build pavement along a 1.2 kilometre section of the highway.
The works will also see the construction of wider travel lanes and shoulders.
To reduce impacts on traffic, work will be carried out between 6pm and 6am and is expected to be complete by Friday January 25, weather permitting.
The member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey says pavement work has started on the eastern half of the project and the new Rawdon Island Road intersection, which is expected to open early next year.
“Work continues on extending the westbound overtaking lane, widening the highway to provide 3.5-metre lanes and two-metre shoulders, and installing new safety barriers,” Mrs Pavey said.
“The pavement work on the western half of the project is due to start in January with the project due for completion in September 2019, weather permitting.”
Some 13,000 motorists rely on the Oxley Highway on their daily commute between Wauchope and Port Macquarie.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams described the Spencers Cutting project as an exciting event for the community.
“The number of daily motorists is predicted to grow significantly, highlighting the importance of the Spencers Cutting upgrade,” she said.
Work is also continuing on the $15 million upgrade at Rosewood, Mrs Pavey said.
Since major work began in May at the $15 million upgrade west of Wauchope, more than 90 per cent of earthworks, vegetation clearing and drainage works has been completed.
Mrs Pavey said the work five kilometres west of Wauchope includes realigning the road to remove dangerous bends, widening the road shoulders, improving drainage and installing new safety barriers.
“The project site will be closed until Monday (January 14) with both lanes of the existing road open to traffic with a 60km/h speed limit during this time.
”Work to complete kerb and gutter, gravel pavement, sprayed seal, safety barriers and line marking is expected to begin early next year and traffic is expected to switch onto the new alignment before mid-2019,” Mrs Pavey said.
Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the direction of signs and traffic control.
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