The Maria River Road is a 30km stretch of road, of which 24.4km is unsealed, linking Port Macquarie with Crescent Head, via the Settlement Point Ferry at Port Macquarie. Situated within two local government areas, the southern 12.7 km of unsealed road sits in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area (LGA) and the northern 11.7 km of unsealed road within the Kempsey LGA.
This 24.4km stretch of unsealed road is well known to locals and tourists for its safety concerns, its numerous sharp bends, and the fluctuating condition of the unsealed road, particularly after wet weather events.
A joint application for funding to the value of $17M to seal the remaining unsealed section of Maria River Road was made by us and Kempsey Shire Council, under the NSW State Government Fixing Local Roads scheme, and on 9 July 2020 it was announced our application was successful.
The project will involve placing new gravel on top of the existing road prior to sealing. Where safety issues have been identified, we are considering a number of options such as road widening, provision of guardrails, signage and re-alignment of the road in select locations.
The environmental impacts including Ecology and Aboriginal Heritage will be a significant part of the planning phase of the project. A Development Application (DA) along with a supporting Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be submitted and approved prior to starting the works. As part of this process we will involve and consult with impacted community members and key environmental stakeholder groups.
This is a priority project for us and we forecast the delivery dates to be:
- Complete Detailed Design - October 2021
- Receive Statutory Approvals for the works (environmental, property) - December 2021
- Commence Construction - 2022
- Complete Construction - 2023
This page was last updated on: 13 May 2021