Council’s $7.8 million project to seal the finial 14.8km gravel section of the Clarence Way was officially opened today (Thursday 11 March).
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole, Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan, State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin, and NSW Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin joined Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland in opening the newly sealed road.
The project, which took 18 months to complete, received $4.16 million in funding through the State Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program and $3.55 million from the Federal Government’s Community Development Grant program.
As well as sealing the final gravel section of the Clarence Way south of the Bruxner Highway, the project also involved:
- Road widening and improvements to road alignment
- Upgrades to junctions of all intersecting roads along the route – Bruxner Highway, Captains Road, Old Lawrence Road, Colbrans Road, Pagans Flat Road, Wallaby Road
- Drainage improvements including installation of 3km of rock-lined drains
- Installation of reflective guideposts, road regulatory signage, and advisory signage
The Clarence Way is an important transport route for local agricultural industries and the upgrade is expected to boost economic growth and business diversification as well as provide for increased tourism, and community and employment connectivity.