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Gordon Street Upgrade - Horton Street to Ocean Drive

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We are undertaking a significant infrastructure improvement project on one of Port Macquarie’s busiest roads. The Gordon Street upgrade (between Horton Street and the Ocean Drive/Hastings River Drive intersection) is about more than improving road safety and a smooth ride. We are also increasing the capacity of the stormwater system, protecting our waterways from runoff pollution, and future proofing our ability to deliver drinking water to the community through the installation of a high capacity, drinking water-main pipeline. Businesses will benefit from the installation of an independent, direct water supply to their premises.

This significant investment will deliver long-lasting road, stormwater and drinking water infrastructure to the community now and into the future.

Progress update

Stage 1 construction begins 

From 6pm Tuesday 6 April 2021 work will begin on Stage 1; this will involve:

  • Closing the eastbound slow lane and parking 
  • Upgrading stormwater and water-main
  • Relocating the bus stop closer to Gore Street and shifting existing on-street parking to the west 
  • Installing a new pedestrian ramp and kerb
  • Removing on-street parking to facilitate right hand turn lane

Directional signage, project staging information and Support Local PMH boards will also be installed on construction fencing.

Stage 1 is expected to take up to 2.5 months to complete (weather permitting).

Stage 3 construction

From the 28 June 2021 work will begin on Stage 3; this will involve: 

  • Closing the westbound slow lane and parking
  • Upgrading stormwater and water-main
  • Installing new pedestrian ramp and kerb
  • Upgrading road asphalt 

Directional signage, project staging information and Support Local PMH boards will also be installed on construction fencing. 

Businesses remain accessible and the community is encouraged to support them during this time. 

Stage 3 is expected to take 2.5 months (weather permitting) with the upgrade due for completion in late November 2021. 

Eire Construction

At the 17 February Ordinary Council Meeting Council resolved to award the construction contract to Eire Construction. Eire’s site office is located adjacent to The Hub on the corner of Gordon and Gore Streets. For construction related enquiries, please contact the Eire site contacts below:

Jon Hatton, Project Manager
0488 074 163 

Paul Hammond, Site Manager
0419 171 475

Email gordonstreetupgrade@eirecon.com.au

 

Gordon Street - one of Port Macquarie’s busiest roads.

Gordon Street is a key arterial road and one of our region’s busiest transport routes. The road connects commercial, residential and industrial areas and provides a direct link from the Oxley Highway to the Port Macquarie CBD. The section between the Ocean Drive/Hastings River Drive intersection and Horton Street supports approximately 30,000 vehicle movements per day and is considered one of the top-five busiest sections of road in our region.

Why is the project necessary?

The stormwater and drinking water systems currently in place along Gordon Street are ageing and will not be sufficient to support the demands of our growing population.

In addition, the road surface on this stretch of Gordon Street is beyond repair under our regular maintenance practices.

As our population increases, we are looking at ways to improve safety and traffic flow on our main roads. While we are resurfacing the roadway, it makes sense to upgrade the stormwater and mains water systems. These works will greatly reduce the instances of flooding, which currently impacts businesses and the community during heavy rain.

Council is committed to addressing the safety and needs of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles through the design of infrastructure that caters for our community now and in the future. 

What are the benefits?

  • Safer, smoother ride along Gordon Street.
  • Improved pedestrian safety.
  • Improved traffic flow.
  • Long lasting road, stormwater and drinking water infrastructure.
  • Reduced maintenance on older systems.
  • Less stormwater run-off pollution into Kooloonbung Creek.
  • Improved stormwater performance and reduced instances of flooding in the works area.
  • Improved capacity to deliver drinking water to businesses and the community.

When and where are works happening?

Construction will commence in April 2021 and take between 7-9 months to complete, weather permitting. The extent of works along Gordon Street is shown on  this site plan583KB pdf(PDF, 583KB).

What works are being done? 

  • Resurfacing of 660 metres of roadway between Horton Street and Ocean Drive.
  • Upgrade of some footpaths and kerbs.
  • Extension of the right hand turning lane into Hastings River Drive.
  • Changes to on-street parking.
  • Installation of high capacity water mains.
  • Upgrade of stormwater systems.
  • Removal of aging pipes.
  • Installation of a stormwater pollution trap at Kooloonbung Creek.

What about businesses?

Access to businesses will remain open during construction however, some changes to car parking, footpaths and pedestrian crossing areas can be expected.

We recognise that undertaking works and changes to on-street car parking outside small businesses has many impacts and we are working directly with businesses to limit those impacts as much as possible.

We encourage the community to check in with us and their regular Gordon Street business to find out about any changes to access closer to the start of construction. During construction please follow signage and make an effort to continue to support your local businesses.

Do you own or operate a business on Gordon Street?

It is likely you have already heard from us about this project - if we have missed you, we might not have up-to-date contact details for you. We are committed to ongoing engagement with Gordon Street businesses throughout the project. Please get in contact for more information or to request a meeting with us.

More information and staying informed

We will update you on the project and key dates for construction works on this webpage, on social media and through other media channels as the project progresses. 

If you have questions you might find that we have answered in our  Frequently Asked Questions703KB pdf(PDF, 703KB).

If you’d like to receive regular project updates during the construction phase please sign up for our e-newsletter. We’ll share what, when and where works are occurring.

This page was last updated on: 03 August 2021