Work is continuing on a major upgrade to Beach Road, Batemans Bay, between the Princes Highway and Orient Street.
Works began this week to modify the Batemans Bay Visitors Centre car park as the first step in widening Beach Road to provide an extra left-turn lane onto the Princes Highway.
The car park will be reconfigured and the direct Beach Road access will be removed. Part of the visitor centre car park will be closed while the work is underway.
Access to the car park will be retained via the Beach Road/Perry Street roundabout and Hill Street.
Works also started near the Beach Road/Orient Street intersection to accommodate construction of a dedicated right-turn lane for vehicles turning south into Orient Street from Beach Road.
The additional right-turn lane will reduce traffic congestion at the busy intersection as well as improve road and pedestrian safety.
Beach Road will be widened on both the courthouse side of the road and in front of the NAB Bank to make way for the extra lane.
The first phase of this widening work is to remove a number of fig and gum trees on the northern side of Beach Road.
The existing car park on the south-western corner of Beach Road and Orient Street, outside the NAB Bank, will be removed and replaced with a new paved forecourt to improve amenity of the area. Progress of these works are subject to the relocation of power lines and underground services.
Later works will include lengthening the two lanes in Perry Street that approach the Beach Road/Perry Street roundabout, the installation of new medians and pedestrian refuges and provision of two lanes exiting Mackay Park onto the Princes Highway.
The $3 million project is funded by the Australian Government’s Building our Future program to improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion and provide for the future redevelopment of the Mackay Park precinct.
For more information visit the major projects page on Council’s website via www.esc.nsw.gov.au/currentworks