Port Macquarie-Hastings Council says Lighthouse Road does not have a significant crash history but an upgrade could be included as part of a future program.
Council group manager Cameron Hawkins said over the last five years there has only been one moderate injury crash and one non-injury crash recorded for the section between Matthew Flinders Drive and Pacific Drive.
According to the council's roads hierarchy list, which priorities risk-based reactive maintenance, Lighthouse Road sits at 43 on a role of 165 roads.
Roads on the list are numbered according to factors including traffic volume, regional/local significance, speed limit, bus routes, proximity to schools (and other places of interest) and pedestrian activity.
Earlier this week a car allegedly lost control and hit a house on Lighthouse Road.
The incident prompted residents to speak out about their concerns regarding the safety of the residential road.
Mr Hawkins said while there is no immediate upgrade project proposed for the west section of Lighthouse Road, the organisation is examining its priorities in the 2022-25 Delivery Program.
"The upgrade of Lighthouse Road (west) is currently in council's forward plan, however is subject to funding being approved and a review of the 2022-25 Delivery Program," he said.
Previous concept designs have been undertaken for Lighthouse Road and initial designs were completed in 2016.
"It is still proposed for further investigation and design, though this cannot be readily undertaken with complexities around road proximity to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service land and required environmental approvals," Mr Hawkins said.
Port Macquarie-Hastings mayor Peta Pinson is keen to flag the road for a future upgrade, however said it won't happen in the next 12 months.
"The road to the Lighthouse is very important to our region, not just for the residents who live there but for tourism as well," she said.
"Most definitely it needs to get on the radar of council for a future priority."
Further investigation and design would be required prior to a road upgrade project.
"The current plan is to undertake a design review and complete the environmental approvals in 2025 (including adjusting the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service boundary) and for construction in 2027/28," Mr Hawkins said.
"This would depend on funding approval in the relevant budget.
"The consideration of applying for the required funding to upgrade this road would need to be considered against other significant road upgrade projects, like Boundary Street, Lake Road and Hastings River Drive."
Council plans to undertake routine maintenance on Lighthouse Road and stormwater culverts, subject to environmental approvals.
The organisation also intends to examine accident history and as an outcome may seek to install road safety measures, such as advisory signage.
"However given Lighthouse Road is a local road and subject to a 50 km/h speed zone this may not drastically affect driver behaviour," Mr Hawkins said.
According to council, Lighthouse Road is classified as a collector road in the road network (behind arterial and sub-arterial roads including Hastings River Drive, Ocean Drive and Pacific Drive).
Council data suggests about 6000 vehicles travel the section between Matthew Flinders Drive and Pacific Drive each day.
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