PRELIMINARY works have commenced on the $95 million Ocean Drive duplication project in Port Macquarie.
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams confirmed that early preparations have commenced and the project is likely to get underway by mid-2022.
"Geotechnical investigation works are currently being carried out at a number of locations along Ocean Drive as part of the early preparation works for the duplication of the $95 million duplication of Ocean Drive between Greenmeadows Drive and Matthew Flinders Drive," Mrs Williams said.
"The works include clearing of vegetation at select locations within the Ocean Drive Road reserve, followed by geotechnical investigations using a drill rig.
"While preliminary works are currently being undertaken along Ocean Drive, the 3.4 kilometre project will not commence in full until mid-next year."
A partnership agreement between Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Transport for NSW (TfNSW) for the delivery of the Ocean Drive duplication was signed in June.
The co-funded project, with $60 million from the NSW government and $35.5 million from council, is a major milestone in the long-awaited arterial road upgrade.
The project will deliver a 3.4 kilometre upgrade between Emerald Downs and Greenmeadows Drive. It will include a duplication from two to four travel lanes, upgrading six intersections and access points, and improving pedestrian connectivity.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's director of infrastructure Dan Bylsma said the first steps in the project have been taken.
"As council, in partnership with TfNSW, moves closer towards the construction phase of the Ocean Drive duplication project, final geotechnical investigations are currently taking placeto inform this next phase," Mr Bylsma said.
"The Ocean Drive duplication project is an integral part in building a sophisticated road network that enables the community to safely and efficiently travel within and beyond our region.
"Council and TfNSW have a shared commitment to starting this project in the second half of 2022."
From planning through to construction, the project is anticipated to be delivered over the next three years.
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