Lake Macquarie local roads boost

30 September 2021

A $1 million package of works to seal local roads across the Lake Macquarie region will improve journeys for locals, businesses and freight, and contribute to ensuring ongoing employment for local workers.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Lake Macquarie City Council had secured $999,751 to seal 35 roads totalling more than 16 kilometres under the latest round of the NSW Government’s Fixing Local Roads Program, which is helping regional councils repair, maintain and seal priority roads in their community.

“We know that sometimes it’s small projects that can drive big benefits in regional areas, and this program is helping to deliver better journeys on the roads that families, freight and local businesses use every day,” Mr Toole said.

“The Lake Macquarie area is already reaping the benefits of this program with $6.2 million invested across the region for three projects in the previous two rounds of funding, including repairs to Ocean Street, Dudley which will repair the road surface and install new kerb and guttering and a renewed footpath.

“We’re also seeing works to reconstruct and resurface Racecourse Road, Teralba and resurface and widen Ruttleys Road, Wyee which will allow for cycle lanes on either side of the road.

“In this next round of funding, we’ll see a further 16 roads repaired over the next two years. Removing and repairing pavement defects will not only improve safety for all road users, fixing these roads now will help ease the burden of ongoing maintenance costs on the local council for years to come.”

Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said Fixing Local Roads was helping councils improve roads that really matter to their communities.

“We’re going to see work kick off on Watagan Road, Martinsville; Macquarie Street, Morisset; Mandalong Road, Morisset; Dobell Drive, Wangi Wangi; Lake View Road, Wangi Wangi; and on Turrama Street, Wangi Wangi,” Mr Piper said.

“During the construction phase of the entire LGA works, it is expected that the project will generate more than 8500 working hours of direct employment, with further job benefits to be experienced by various sub-contractors, labour hire employees, and procurement activities.”

Fixing Local Roads is a $500 million NSW Government program, which was boosted by the Commonwealth Government over the first two rounds with an additional injection of $191 million. Further information can be found at nswroads.work/fixinglocalroads.

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