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MP Leslie Williams said despite some rain delays work is progressing well on the $2.9 million upgrade to the Houston Mitchell Drive/Pacific Highway intersection.

Work to improve Port Macquarie’s road network is currently underway with major roads and intersections being targeted for upgrades.

“The ouston Mitchell Drive/Pacific Highway intersection works include installing acceleration and deceleration lanes southbound on the Pacific Highway and widening the road shoulders,” Mrs Williams said.

“This will improve safety for motorists turning into and out of Houston Mitchell Drive, helping ensure road users complete their journeys safely.”

“Whilst this will dramatically improve safety at this intersection, I am continuing to advocate for a graded separation (overpass) at this location.

“I am also pursuing funding to upgrade the ‘donut’ linking the Oxley Highway and the Pacific Highwayto accommodate extra lanes to the on and off ramps. 

“At peak times traffic can build up on the Pacific Highway with motorists waiting to access the ramps,” Mrs Williams said.

“Planning work is also continuing on the Oxley Highway between Wrights Road and Lake Road roundabouts.

“I am encouraged by the high number of submissions to Transport for NSW on the options which were recently on exhibition with the community indicating they want an overpass built for the Oxley Highway westbound and traffic lights installed at Wrights Road and Lake Road.

“Whilst planning is underway for this work, funding is yet to be allocated and I will continue my discussions with the Minister for Regional Roads, the Hon Paul Toole in relation to this matter.

“In addition, an announcement on the outcome of investigations into safety improvements to the King Creek Road/Oxley Highway intersection will be made in coming weeks,” Mrs Williams said. 

“I note that in this week’s Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s meeting agenda, Councillors will vote on an Integrated Strategic Transport Network Plan.

“I congratulate Council for undertaking this initiative and look forward to the opportunity to  continue to work closely with Transport for NSW and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to ensure our road network meets the needs of today’s road users, as well as addressing future growth,” Mrs Williams said.

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