WORKS on an upgrade of Gordon Street in Port Macquarie are expected to start on April 6.
The Gordon Street upgrade, between Horton Street and the Ocean Drive/Hastings River Drive intersection, will not only help improve road safety but also increase the capacity of the stormwater system and future proof council's delivery of drinking water to the community through the installation of a high capacity, drinking water-main pipeline.
The contract for the works was awarded to Eire Construction at the February ordinary council meeting.
The section of road between the Ocean Drive and Hastings River Drive intersection and Horton Street supports approximately 30,000 vehicle movements per day and is considered one of the top-five busiest sections of road in the region.
Council says the stormwater and drinking water systems currently in place along Gordon Street are ageing and will not be sufficient to support the demands of the region's growing population.
In addition, the road surface on this stretch of Gordon Street is "beyond repair" under council's regular maintenance practices.
Work is expected to takebetween 7-9 months to complete, weather permitting, and will include resurfacing of 660 metres of roadway between Horton Street and Ocean Drive; an upgrade of some footpaths and kerbs; an extension of the right hand turning lane into Hastings River Drive; changes to on-street parking; installation of high capacity water mains; an upgrade of stormwater systems; removal of aging pipes; and the installation of a stormwater pollution trap at Kooloonbung Creek.
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