Have Your Say on Oxley Highway Intersection plans

12 April 2021

The community can have their say on the proposed plans to upgrade several intersections on the Oxley Highway near Port Macquarie to improve motorists' safety and travel times.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government will invest $850,000 to progress the development of plans to improve journeys along the key east-west corridor into Port Macquarie.

"The NSW Government is investing $50 million to drive better journeys right along the Oxley Highway with our focus now on the 9.5 kilometre section of the highway through Port Macquarie between Billabong Drive and Hastings River Drive," Mr Toole said.

"This is about ensuring we deliver safer, more reliable journeys for the 23,500 motorists who use this stretch of road every day including about 1500 heavy vehicles.

"We want a community led solution to what is a real choke point for the local community who have to drive it every day - that's why we’re asking for their feedback so we can deliver the right outcome as part of our vision for a safer, stronger regional NSW."

Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said there has been increasing peak demand for travel along this section with developments being built in the Thrumster, Innes Peninsula and Wauchope areas as well as the new Health and Education Precinct off Wrights Road.

"Anyone who lives in the area knows how congested the Oxley Highway can get during peak times, and with more people choosing to live here every year, it's important that we plan for the future," Mrs Williams said.

"Transport for NSW has put out several options for the major intersections at John Oxley Drive, Wrights Road and Lake Road, as well as the Pacific Highway, so that the community can give their input on the key challenges in navigating these intersections as they currently are. It’s important that everyone has their say so that we can get the best outcome for our community."

Intersections closer to Port Macquarie at Widderson Street, Carlie Jane Drive and Clifton Drive are also being investigated while options for providing safe access at King Creek Road further west are being explored.

Community members are invited to view the design and provide their feedback or send their feedback on the proposed work by Friday 7 May 2021 to region.north@transport.nsw.gov.au or by post to Oxley Highway Project Team, Transport for NSW, PO Box 576, Grafton NSW 2460. All feedback will be considered and the community kept informed as the project progresses.

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