Council is planning to upgrade around 3.4 kilometres of Ocean Drive between Matthew Flinders Drive to Greenmeadows Drive (South), Port Macquarie. The upgrade includes the duplication from 2 to 4 traffic lanes to improve traffic flow, upgrading of six intersections and access points, and improved pedestrian access.
Initial design work was undertaken during 2013, and in September 2015 Port Macquarie-Hastings Council engaged SMEC to continue the concept design, environmental assessment, and detailed design for the project including survey, geotechnical, traffic, environmental investigations and further community consultation.
The preconstruction phase of the project is now complete following Council and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) approval of the Detail Design in December 2017 and the Project Review of Environmental Factors in February 2019.
In March 2019, the State Government announced a $50 million commitment to the project in addition to the $10 million State Government commitment in 2011 and the $5.5 million Council commitment in November 2018. Project funding is subject to approval of the Final Business Case which is currently being finalised in consultation with RMS.
At this stage, a construction start date has not been established however Council is working with RMS and the State Government to determine the most appropriate delivery methodology. The community will be updated once a construction start date is known.
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Ocean Drive improvements - Delivered
Recent rehabilitation works have been undertaken in various locations along Ocean Drive to improve ride quality and safety. These works include a section of road south of Third Avenue in Bonny Hills, Lakewood between Mountain View Road to Park Avenue and Lake Cathie between Middle Rock Road and Fiona Crescent.
Road rehabilitation includes milling the existing road surface, pavement stabilisation, bitumen seal and final line marking.
In addition to immediate road works, Council has allocated $500,000 in its 2017-2018 budget for Ocean Drive planning - $250,000 for detailed design of a major upgrade from north of Miala Street to Orana Drive Lake Cathie, and $250,000 to develop a long-term plan for the entire Ocean Drive corridor from Kew to Port Macquarie.
Council will invest more than $35 million with its ongoing commitment to road and transport infrastructure, maintenance and upgrades during the 2017/2018 financial year.
This page was last updated on: 04 August 2020