There is a buzz in the air as residents look forward to the start of rehabilitation and sealing of The Hatch Road at Blackmans Point.
A crew from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will start work on the project on Monday [August 23].
The funding will bitumen seal The Hatch Road between Blackmans Point Road and Elfords Road and mitigate the health risks of excessive dust produced from the crushed concrete on the road.
Next week marks three years since the beginning of the residents' campaign to seal the road, which included a petition to the council.
Resident Stuart Redman said there was a great excitement about the place ahead of the road upgrade.
He said every resident on the road was talking about the upgrade.
"We are really excited that we are about to get a road that residents can feel safe about driving on and living on," Mr Redman said.
"The residents can allow their children and grandchildren to come out of their houses.
"They can hang clothes on the line."
Mr Redman thanked Mr Conaghan for the federal government funding.
Mr Conaghan said he was incredibly pleased to see this long-fought project come to fruition with work commencing next week.
"Having a part in delivering the $1.5 million of federal funding for this important upgrade and championing the residents of Blackmans Point has been extremely satisfying," he said.
The council says site investigations and design work confirmed the need to complete an overlay of the current pavement surface to support the application of an effective bitumen seal.
The work, which will start on Monday [August 23], is expected to take six weeks to complete, including application of an initial bitumen seal.
Traffic control will be in place throughout construction and minor delays may be expected around the active work areas.
A final seal will be applied in early 2022, which completes the project.
The $1.5 million project is funded by the federal government under the Roads of Strategic Importance Program.
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