Roadworks on Gloucester Road to start in the new year

Current state of Gloucester Road. Photo supplied by MidCoast Council
Current state of Gloucester Road. Photo supplied by MidCoast Council

Reconstruction works on Gloucester Road, west of Wingham is due to begin in the new year.

MidCoast Council has awarded a contract for the reconstruction of a 1.3 kilometre stretch of road, which extends from Gloucester Road's intersection with Dollys Flat Road, heading west towards Killawarra.

The work is being undertaken to replace the existing road pavement, which is approaching the end of its serviceable life, and deliver a smoother, safer travel route. The scope of works includes road widening, rehabilitation of the road pavement, and improved roadside drainage. The Dollys Flat Road intersection will also be upgraded as part of the contract.

Work is scheduled to commence in January and continue over four months for completion in May 2020.

"This is a significant project that will not only result in a safer transport route along this busy connector road, but is strategically planned to minimise on-going maintenance costs," council's manager of Projects and Engineering, Rhett Pattison explained. "This in turn, puts money back into future roadworks programs to benefit the broader community."

"A requirement of the contract is to minimise disruption to traffic," Rhett added. "Lane closures under traffic control, along with reduced speed limits, are anticipated, however the road will remain open to traffic at all times."

Council is jointly funding the reconstruction of Gloucester Road as part of the NSW Government's $100 million Road Upgrade Package.

For more information on the Gloucester Road project once it commences, or to search for roadworks taking place near you, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/roads.