Maintenance work to improve access

Community life - 30 January 2018

Kempsey Shire Council’s program of works is not only about renewing infrastructure but involves significant maintenance and repairs to improve safety and the longevity of our existing road and bridges network.

Some essential maintenance works already completed this year include the restoration of Loftus Bridge, which involved replacing three girders on the bridge to restore full load capacity, installing a new wooden deck and repainting the rails.

The bridge, which joins Belmore River Left Bank Road to the Right Bank Road opposite Loftus Road, was completed ahead of schedule and opened to traffic last Wednesday, 24 January.

Safer pedestrian access from Lord Street, East Kempsey to Little Rudder Street is also now possible after the old timber staircase, which had become unsafe and unusable, was replaced.

Council’s Manager of Engineering Works, Tony Green, said road improvements at Collombatti and South Kempsey have also recommenced for 2018.

“Improvements to Collombatti Road from the end of the bitumen to Chain-o-Ponds Road have started and involves re-sheeting the entire length of the gravel road with new gravel material,” Mr Green said.

“Weather permitting, we hope to have the work completed by Friday 9 February.

“Roadworks are also continuing on Lachlan Street, South Kempsey this week. The project involves upgrading and replacing the road pavement and drainage, kerb and guttering and footpaths between Middleton Street and Bloomfield Street as well as the installation of a roundabout at Middleton Street to improve traffic flow.”

During the work, traffic control will be in place as required. Motorists are requested to follow instructions from traffic controllers at all times. Council appreciates the patience of residents while these works are carried out.

To keep up-to-date with Council’s road maintenance schedule visit or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 6566 3200

Refurbished Loftus BridgeLoftus Bridge was reopened to traffic last week