Lighthouse Road Upgrade to Start Soon
Locals and visitors enjoying the popular Tacking Point Lighthouse will soon experience improved access and increased safety thanks to upgrades to Lighthouse Road that will commence in June.
Eire Constructions has been awarded the construction tender to upgrade Lighthouse Road (from Matthew Flinders Drive to the Tacking Point Lighthouse), with work scheduled to commence mid-late June and be completed before the September school holidays (weather permitting).
Council Director Jeffery Sharp said that the Tacking Point Lighthouse was one of our region’s most popular attractions, voted number 3 by Trip Advisor in the most popular things to do in Port Macquarie.
“Thousands of people visit our iconic landmark every year, enjoying the breathtaking views and fascinating history. It is important that the area is easy and safe to access, and can be enjoyed by motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike,” said Mr Sharp.
“Lighthouse Road will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians during construction, which will reduce the overall duration of the work, and ensure the safety of the public.
“Whilst we understand that there is never a perfect time for significant projects like this to occur, works are taking place during the quieter winter months to reduce the impact on the community, and the inconvenience will certainly be worth it,” Mr Sharp said.
The upgrades will include widening and resurfacing Lighthouse Road, new kerb and guttering and stormwater upgrades. Car parking will be improved at the Tacking Point lower carpark and at the lighthouse turnaround. In addition, a new pedestrian footpath will be constructed from Davis Crescent to join up with the existing elevated platform.
Pedestrians will still be able to access Tacking Point Lighthouse via the staircase at the northern end of Lighthouse Beach, and via the Coastal Walk from the north. The community is being asked to follow all signage instructions and to exercise caution when visiting the area.
During August for approximately 1 week, a detour will be in place so that work to upgrade the Lighthouse Road/Matthew Flinders Drive intersection can take place. Electronic signage will be in place to advise of the detour route.
The winter months are a popular time for whale-watching, and the community are being encouraged to access other great whale-watching vantage points such as Flagstaff Hill, Harrys Lookout, the Little Bay Lookout, Nobbys Beach and Gaol Point.
The upgrade to Lighthouse Road is a $1.58 million project, with $1.04 million being contributed by Council, and $540,000 by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund.
Further information is available at haveyoursay.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/lighthouse-road-upgrade or by calling Council on 6581 8111.