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On the road to network improvements in Port Stephens

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Improving the road network in the LGA is a high-priority for Port Stephens Council, according to deputy mayor Leah Anderson.

And, one piece of the puzzle’s now complete, following the conclusion of rehabilitation works on Tomaree Road in Shoal Bay.

Councillor Anderson visited the site on Thursday 30 May to acknowledge the project, which was funded by an NSW Government commitment of $10 million over three years.

Other thoroughfares slated for upgrades include Fairlands Road (Medowie), Rookes Road (Salt Ash), Swan Bay Road (Swan Bay), Avenue of the Allies (Tanilba Bay), Beach Road (Nelson Bay), Short Street (Fingal Bay), Trevally Street (Nelson Bay), Italia Road (East Seaham) and East Seaham Road.

“Over the past few years, our Community Satisfaction Survey has told us our roads are the biggest area we need to work on,” Cr Anderson said.

“While we can prioritise resources to make improvements, it’s external funding that makes a huge impact.

“Thanks to this $10 million commitment, Tomaree Road has been completely rehabilitated, with new kerb and gutters, road pavement reconstruction and minor drainage repairs.

“It looks fantastic.

“Not only that, the project allows for further improvements, including kerb ramps that will form part of a footpath on the western side of Tomaree Road in the future.”

Cr Anderson declared the work was “only the beginning”.

“Residents would have already seen improvements to Italia Road, Swan Bay Road and Rookes Road as part of this commitment,” she said.

“Coming up next is Beach Road in Nelson Bay.

“A high-quality road network reduces congestion and helps improve connections by allowing our community to move around Port Stephens more easily.”

Council’s director facilities and infrastructure Greg Kable said the full list of roads went through an assessment process.

“They are considered our worst roads – based on the condition of the pavement, how they’re used and the feedback we’ve received from the community,” he explained.

“We’re making the most of the funding and have selected roads from right across Port Stephens, with works intending to reduce ongoing maintenance costs and improve safety where possible.”

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