Great Lakes Council – Road update

The following information courtesy of Great Lakes Council;

Council welcomes Federal funding for roads

Great Lakes Council has welcomed Federal Member for Paterson, Mr Bob Baldwin’s announcement of $4.5 million in Roads to Recovery funding for Great Lakes.

“The funding equates to roughly $750,000 per annum for the next five years and will be allocated to Council’s Urban and Rural Road Construction Program” said Council’s Director of Engineering, Mr Ron Hartley.

“Council has identified priority rural and urban gravel roads which will be sealed under this funding” said Council’s Manager of Transport Assets, Mr Greg Pitt.

“The rural roads which will receive this funding are stages of Wattley Hill Road, Wootton; Bombah Point Road, Bulahdelah; The Branch Lane, The Branch; and Willina Road, Coolongolook” said Mr Pitt.

Amongst the urban roads to benefit from the funding will be Hinton Street, Stroud; Cowper Street, Nabiac; Central Avenue, Bundabah; Church Street, Carrington; Cook Street, Pindimar; Wye Street, Stroud; The Esplanade, North Arm Cove; Cove Avenue, Bundabah; Wharf Street, Nabiac; Warri Street, Pindimar; Second Avenue, Bundabah, Peace Parade, Pindimar; Prince / Jackson Streets, Bulahdelah.

“The Roads to Recovery funding has been recurrent over the past eight years and Council has been able to upgrade many roads thanks to this Federal funding” said Mr Hartley.

In recent years Council has used the funding to construct Seal Rocks Road; Bundabah Road; Bede Street, Stroud; Valley Road and Philip Road in Smiths Lake; and Morantes and Wombo Streets in Pindimar.

“We are also planning to upgrade several urban roads this year using existing funding” said Mr Pitt.

These include Lyn Crescent, Smiths Lake; Farnell Street, Nabiac; Eastslope Way, North Arm Cove; and Gloucester Street, Stroud.

The Bucketts Way is on Council’s priority list

Great Lakes Council has confirmed that The Bucketts Way, identified by the NRMA as the seventh worst road in NSW this week, is one of the worst roads in the Great Lakes region.

The two kilometre section of the Bucketts Way just south of Allworth was identified in the NRMA’s public survey campaign “Seeing Red on Roads”.

“It is no surprise that this section of road has received such a poor rating because Council’s asset management system has identified it as one of the worst sections of road in Great Lakes” confirmed Council’s Director of Engineering, Mr Ron Hartley.

‘It’s just a question of obtaining additional regional road funding to undertake the necessary works” said Council’s Manager of Transport Assets, Mr Greg Pitt.

“Council is aware that this section of road is in need of urgent work but it is not just a matter of filling potholes – the entire section of road needs to be reconstructed” he added.

Council is currently preparing engineering designs on this section of road to enable the required work to be commenced as soon as a funding source is identified.

In coming days Council will be commencing a $1m reconstruction project in Stroud village on The Bucketts Way.

The section of The Bucketts Way mentioned in the NRMA report is definitely another priority, however work is not likely to commence until 2016 – 2017 unless additional funds can be found.

Council has reconstructed about one kilometre of The Bucketts Way per year over the last 10 years.

However there is still about seven kilometres of damaged pavement remaining to repair.

“We have lobbied for grant funding specific to The Bucketts Way under the Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund on two occasions” said Mr Hartley.

“The first submission was unsuccessful, however we are hopeful that we can secure some funds in the second round.”

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