Concept Designs to Improve John Oxley Drive
Planning work to upgrade John Oxley Drive (between Kingfisher Road and The Ruins Way) will now commence following Council awarding a design contract to local design firm Hopkins Consultants at the July meeting.
Current and predicted traffic using John Oxley Drive will be assessed as part of the planning, resulting in the development of concept designs for a potential upgrade to this busy section of road.
These detailed designs will consider future housing development, population growth, the continual expansion of health and education facilities, and the expected increase in traffic volumes that will occur in coming years.
Director Jeffery Sharp said that John Oxley Drive is an important transport link, used by more than 16,000 vehicles per day.
“This section of road requires an upgrade to ensure the ongoing safety of motorists, and so that it continues to service the needs of a growing number of local residents and businesses,” said Mr Sharp.
“Once the concept plan is updated, the community will be consulted and invited to ‘have your say’, with the final plans used to support future government funding applications, before construction might commence.
“Continuing upgrades to our road network to cater for the growing number of vehicles on our roads is a high priority for Council and our community, and the planned improvements to John Oxley Drive will play an important role in achieving this vision,” Mr Sharp said.
This design project plan follows concept design development and associated community engagement in 2015. It will take around 12 months to complete at a cost of $500,000, funded by Council as part of the 2019/20 Operational Plan.
There is no funding currently allocated for the construction of this upgrade to John Oxley Drive, and it is expected that funding support by other levels of government will be required.
Local residents can also expect to see a $950,000 upgrade of a section of The Ruins Way between Major Innes Road and Stella Street, which is planned to commence this financial year. The upgrade will include road and pedestrian improvements such as the installation of footpaths, road widening, kerb and guttering, stormwater upgrades and new lighting.
For more information, visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/John-Oxley-Drive or call Council on 6581 8111.