Smoother travel on Waterfall Way near Thora

22 February 2021

Motorists travelling on Waterfall Way will soon enjoy safer and smoother journeys, with work to upgrade and widen a 1.1 kilometre section of road between Bellingen and Dorrigo now under way.

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the $2.5 million road upgrade, west of Thora, would include safety barriers being installed to deliver even safer journeys for the thousands of businesses, locals and visitors who use the road every day.

"Waterfall Way is a vital tourism and freight link between the Pacific Highway and the Northern Tablelands, with extensive improvements underway totalling more than $50 million," Ms Pavey said.

"This work will also help the local economy by supporting about 20 jobs and providing work for five suppliers and contractors during delivery.

"Transport for NSW has engaged Bellingen Shire Council to carry out the improvements, which include widening and replacing the road pavement, widening the road shoulders, improving road geometry, upgrading safety barriers in each direction and enhancing line marking."

Work will be carried out from today between 7am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays, and is expected to continue until the end of June, weather permitting.

Traffic control with an alternating flow and a reduced speed limit will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

Both the Waterfall Way Safety and Efficiency Program and the NSW Government's Safer Roads Program are contributing $1.25 million each to fund the project.

This work is part of the NSW Government's $50 million package of works to upgrade Waterfall Way, the key east-west connection between two of the major highways in northern NSW, the Pacific Highway and the New England Highway.

It connects the rural communities of Bellingen, Dorrigo and Ebor with the urban centres of Coffs Harbour and Armidale, as well as serving as a popular route for tourists and the timber and agricultural industries.

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