Community invited to have a say on Macksville north facing ramps

16 September 2015

Community members are reminded to provide feedback on the preferred proposal to build north facing on and off ramps at Macksville as part of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads Pacific Highway upgrade.

Work on the $830 million upgrade is progressing and includes plans for additional access ramps at Macksville.

“Roads and Maritime Services has been investigating the potential for a northbound on-ramp and a southbound off-ramp at North Macksville as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

“The additional ramps would improve connectivity between Macksville and Nambucca Heads and would allow traffic travelling in either direction along the highway to stop at Macksville.

“The ramps would also improve access to Macksville District Hospital for emergency services vehicles from both sides of Nambucca River.

“A technical review has been carried out on three design options for the ramps and a preferred option has been selected. The preferred option involves realigning the Old Coast Road overpass above the new Pacific Highway so the northbound ramps can be connected to it.

“A roundabout would be built at the intersection of Old Coast Road, Letitia Close and the southbound off ramp to allow traffic to pass through safely.

“This option would best meet future traffic demands and provides the safest route for road users.”

Community members could view the options and provide feedback on the preferred option.

“The plans are now available on the project website and residents can meet with the project team to ask questions at a community information session on Tuesday 6 October from 4pm to 7pm at Macksville Senior Citizens Centre,” the spokesperson said.

“Feedback can be sent to community@afjv.com.au or submitted online at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/pacific by Monday 12 October and all community comments will be considered during the environmental assessment process for the preferred option.

“The environmental assessment details the proposal, potential impacts and mitigation measures to be put in place during construction and will be submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment for approval.”

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