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

Waterfall Way draft corridor strategy

Roads and Maritime Services in collaboration with Transport for NSW has developed the Waterfall Way Draft Corridor Strategy. This draft sets out the proposed strategic vision to manage and guide development of the Waterfall Way road corridor to improve safety, traffic efficiency and sustainability. There is no commitment to, or funding for, proposed actions identified in this draft. While feedback received during consultation will inform future planning, final actions will be subject to government priorities and funding availability.

We are now asking for community feedback on the draft strategy. The feedback period is from Monday 24 July to Monday 21 August 2017.

More information about the Waterfall Way draft corridor strategy is available from the Draft corridor strategies - Northern webpage.

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 and developing a range of important projects on Waterfall Way in 2017/18 including:

  • Slope remediation at Sherrard Falls and east of Newell Falls
  • Road repairs near Raleigh Dam
  • Investigation and planning for lane and shoulder widening and future overtaking lanes between the Pacific Highway and Bellingen
  • Investigation of vehicle pull over sites on Dorrigo Mountain
  • Installation of rockfall fencing on Dorrigo Mountain
  • Delivery of Bellingen Main Street plan

For more information visit the project documents page.

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