Point Plomer Road sealing

Updated 14 August 2019

Background

Point Plomer Road stretches from Crescent Head along the coast through to the Port Macquarie region.

Kempsey Shire Council maintains an 11.8km length of the road from Crescent Head Road to Big Hill, where the road enters Limeburners Creek National Park.

Of this 11.8km section, 5.6km of the road is sealed with two gravel sections of 4km and 2.2km remaining.

Since 1997, Kempsey Shire Council has considered various reports about options for the maintenance and sealing of Point Plomer Road.

The project is identified as a priority in Council’s 2017-21 Delivery Program as part of improvements to the local transport network.

After extensive consideration of the issue, Kempsey Shire Council resolved in October 2018 to seek grant funding to seal the two gravel sections of the road, totalling 6.2km in length.

The decision to pursue funding to seal the road was largely based on enhancing road user safety given the high traffic volumes experienced along the road, improving amenity for local residents and reducing ongoing maintenance costs.

On 3 July 2019, the NSW Government announced a grant for $2.88 million under the Regional Growth - Environment and Tourism Fund for the sealing works. This will enable Council to deliver the project at minimal cost to the community and direct savings to other roadworks in the Shire.

Timeframe

With the announcement of State Government funding for the project, Council can now undertake the necessary project planning to enable sealing works to commence.

Once design and investigation works are complete, tenders for the project construction will be sought. Work is currently anticipated to commence in early 2020.

Current activities on-site

Survey work has commenced to identify the existing alignment of the road and any adjoining vegetation, fences and services and relate this information to property boundaries. This will allow engineering design to proceed. The survey work is expected to be completed by 30 August 2019.

Geotechnical investigations have been commissioned to determine the depth and strength of the existing pavement and the underlying soil to inform design work and the required road pavement design. These investigations are programmed to commence on 19 August 2019 and be completed by 13 September 2019.

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