The community is encouraged to provide feedback on proposed intersection upgrades on the Oxley Highway to ease congestion, improve traffic flow and boost safety.
Transport for NSW has put forward concept options with proposed improvements across the 9.5 kilometre stretch between Billabong Drive and Hastings River Drive at the Gordon Street traffic lights.
About 23,500 vehicles, including about 1500 freight vehicles, use that section of the highway every day.
Traffic will continue to increase along with population growth.
Changes are proposed at a number of intersections but the main focus is on the Oxley Highway intersections with Lake Road and Wrights Road.
There are three proposed options for those two pressure points.
Each proposed option has traffic lights at Lake Road.
There are varying degrees of complexity in the Wrights Road intersection options.
The first option is intermittent signals and three lanes westbound capacity at the Wrights Road roundabout, along with traffic lights at Lake Road.
Option two is a pair of signalised intersections at Wrights Road for both the Oxley Highway and Port Macquarie Base Hospital access, along with a signalised intersection at Lake Road.
The third option is a grade separation of the Oxley Highway westbound lane, signalisation of both the Oxley Highway eastbound and hospital access, along with a signalised intersection at Lake Road.
Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams said community members could provide online feedback or written submissions until May 7.
Mrs Williams said these were the people who used the highway and saw the issue in relation to congestion at peak times.
"We want to get an understanding what road users see some of the solutions might look like," she said.
The state government is seeking community feedback in a step towards the right solution.
Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said the state government will invest $850,000 to progress the development of plans to improve journeys along the key east-west corridor into Port Macquarie.
Community members are invited to view the design and provide their feedback at yoursay.transport.nsw.gov.au/oxleyhighway or send their feedback on the proposed work by Friday, May 7, 2021 to email@example.com or by post to Oxley Highway Project Team, Transport for NSW, PO Box 576, Grafton NSW, 2460.
Copies of the options are available at Leslie Williams' electoral office in Grant Street.
All feedback will be considered and the community kept informed as the project progresses.
Meanwhile, options for providing safe access at King Creek Road are also being explored.
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