Waterfall Way

The Waterfall Way between the Pacific Highway and Dorrigo is a beautiful and popular tourist route as well as being a busy route for larger vehicles travelling west to Armidale.

The NSW Centre for Road Safety and Roads and Maritime Services have carried out a road safety review, following community feedback, and work is ongoing to deliver this review.

Updates and announcements

View or download the August 2016 Community update (PDF, 181K).

Road safety review

The Waterfall Way road safety review is available to view. The report is a summary of investigations completed as part of a thorough road safety and road user behaviour analysis of Waterfall Way. The recommendations look at short and medium-long term strategies to address the different needs of the community and transport industry.

The review focused on the 40 kilometre stretch of road from Tyringham Street, Dorrigo to the junction of the Pacific Highway and looks at ways of improving road safety along the route. It does not examine bypassing the Bellingen township.

The Nambucca Heads to Urunga Pacific Highway upgrade have also produced a Waterfall Way action plan in response to concern within the local community about the increase in truck movements as a result of the upgrade. The action plan sets out how the project team will address these concerns.

From early 2016, material for the Nambucca Heads to Urunga Pacific Highway upgrade was sourced from alternative locations and trucks associated with the project are no longer using Waterfall Way.

Current projects

Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out a range of important projects on Waterfall Way in 2016 including planning investigations and work in the following sections:

  • Connells Creek to East Fernmount improvements
  • Delivery of Bellingen Main Street plan (stages one and two)
  • Road upgrades 7km west of Ebor and east of Armidale.

Recently completed projects on the Waterfall Way include:

  • Sweedmans Lane improvements
  • St Helena to Four Mile Bridge upgrade
  • Installation of two vehicle activated speed devices
  • Speed zone reviews between Thora and Dorrigo
  • Development of the Bellingen Main Street project
  • Landslip repair and realignment work at Nut Farm and Weeping Jenny.

A community update containing the details of recent and current projects is available on the project documents page.

While temporary traffic controls and reduced speed limits are in operation, motorists are asked to obey all signs and directions to help ensure the safety of workers and other road users.

We thank local residents and motorists for their patience during these important projects.

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