The Member for Oxley and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey MP, today announced a re-elected NSW Liberals and Nationals Government will commit $50 million to upgrade Waterfall Way.
Mrs Pavey said the $50 million package will not only improve safety, reliability and travel times, but will also address transit issues in Dorrigo’s town centre.
“Waterfall Way is travelled by thousands of locals and tourists every year, and it needs improvement,” Ms Pavey said.
“Over the last eight years we have focussed on repairing the road surface, stabilising slopes and culverts and improving safety.
“However, moving forward, I am committed to improving overtaking opportunities for drivers, and locals have been asking for funding to improve the Waterfall Way through Dorrigo's town centre for some time and I’m happy to say the Nationals will deliver.”
The new investment will include more overtaking lanes to increase passing opportunities between Dorrigo, Bellingen and the Pacific Highway as well as improving the road alignment, flood mitigation and widening the median and shoulders of the road.
In order to improve safety for pedestrians and vulnerable road users in Dorrigo, the cenotaph roundabout will be formalised, which will see the monument preserved at the intersection of Waterfall Way and Hickory Street.
“The improvements in Dorrigo have been requested by residents, the Dorrigo Chamber of Commerce and the Bellingen Shire Council to rejuvenate and support the growing community,” Ms Pavey said.
“If re-elected, a design team will begin immediately and community consultation will be carried out to ensure local residents are at the heart of these improvements.”