As part of the 2020-21 Operational Plan, we have begun the complex process of upgrading Boundary Street from Hastings River Drive to Oliver Road (Airport Car Park). Boundary Street is currently the only vehicular access to the Port Macquarie Airport and neighbouring business park, which is accessed via Hastings River Drive. The overall aim of the road upgrade is to provide a safer, flood free and more efficient section of road for road users and pedestrians.
Boundary Street is intended to be upgraded to Arterial Road status, and as part of the safety requirements, a median is required to separate traffic and maintain suitable flow. With the exception of turning lanes into Regional Stadium and Newman College, this will remove the ability for vehicles to turn right off or onto Boundary Street from both sides of the road. In addition, there is insufficient road reserve area to facilitate dual lanes and retain on-street parking.
This project is part of our commitment to future transport planning and connecting our road network to alleviate traffic congestion and improve connectivity for all users to key destinations and supporting growth over the next 20+ years.
What are the proposed works?
The proposed design works will include:
- Widening Boundary Street to provide two traffic lanes on each side of the road
- Installing a new roundabout to the southern end of Boundary Street
- Providing a shared path on the west side
- Providing embankment or retaining wall on both the east and west sides
- Renewed drainage along Boundary Street
- Replacing the existing culvert crossing
- Reconstructing and resurfacing the road base on Boundary Street
- Upgrading driveways to existing properties impacted by the works
- Upgrading the Hibbard Ferry approach to the north of Hastings River Drive with the installation of an information bay and queuing lanes.
Where is the project up to?
Following submission and acceptance of the revised concept design, the project has now moved into the detailed design stage.
What are the project benefits?
The benefits of the project are:
- Provide flood immunity against the 20yr flood event
- Improved access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists
- Improved efficiency for vehicles accessing the airport
- Provide necessary transport infrastructure required by the expanding population
- Improve traffic flow on Boundary Street
- Part of Council’s commitment to long term future transport planning
This page was last updated on: 23 July 2021