Major roadworks continue for Camden Haven
A number of high profile roadwork projects in the Camden Haven will be the focus of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council road maintenance program in coming months. The roadworks form part of the multimillion dollar road maintenance and upgrade program for the region and continues Council's commitment to managing the condition of more than 1300 kilometres of road.
Group Manager Infrastructure and Operations, Gary Randall said works were already underway on a number of projects including the upgrade to several sections of Ocean Drive.
"Remediation works between Kew and Laurieton have commenced which includes bitumen resealing between to the two locations," Mr Randall said.
"During assessment and inspection of the road Council identified sections surrounding Lakewood shopping centre had deteriorated beyond resealing remediation works and as such these areas will not be resealed but are programmed to be rehabilitated in future works programs.
An estimated $250,000 will also be invested in bitumen resealing the stretch of Ocean Drive between the North Haven Primary School and Bonny Hills.
"The works to this area will improve another section on one of our major roads and when completed the surface will be of similar standard to the stretch of road between Lake Cathie and Port Macquarie Golf Club, resealed last year," Mr Randall said.
The $3 million upgrade to Ocean Drive between Houston Mitchell Drive and Bonny Hills is continuing and will remain under construction for the rest of the calendar year. The upgrade will widen and strengthen sections of the main road and provide on-road cycle lanes between the Houston Mitchell Drive intersection and Seawind Chase, north of Bonny Hills.
Various road patching works will be ongoing in the southern part of the Hastings including asphalt heavy patching within the Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills villages.
With Ocean Drive forming large sections of the Urban Hotel Group Ironman course and the event less than one month away Mr Randall has advised that the works program has factored in the increased use of the road, particularly by cyclists around the May 6 event.
"The safety of competitors using our road network is paramount and as such the works schedule has been adjusted so that an appropriately sealed surface will be in place and all stop/slow traffic control has been scaled back for the week preceding the race. This will allow competitors to ride the course relatively unrestricted prior to the event," Mr Randall said.