Armidale Regional Council has approved funding of $740,000 towards a major project that will seal the remaining 2.32 kilometres of gravel pavement on Platform Road. This is one of several projects approved in the first round of major projects after consideration by the Stronger Regions Assessment Panel.
Platform Road is an important link between the New England Highway and Dangarsleigh Road which carries a high volume of traffic.
According to Armidale Regional Council Administrator Dr Ian Tiley, escalating traffic on Platform Road has been demanding increased maintenance to address ongoing safety concerns.
“A dangerous corner on the road has been the subject of many complaints and the site of two recorded accidents,” Dr Tiley said. “Sealing the road will alleviate some of the safety issues caused by dust, potholes and corrugations. It is an ongoing challenge for Council to maintain gravel roads affected by high level use. Grading, complemented by pothole filling, goes some way towards meeting safety concerns on thoroughfares like Platform Road. However, a sealed road will achieve much more.”
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the upgrade would be money well spent for the local community.
“Platform Road is an important access route for plenty of properties along its length, but also provides access to Kellys Plains Public School,” Mr Marshall said. “The Kellys Plains area continues to grow with more and more rural residential subdivisions being developed. This upgrade will make the road much safer and more comfortable for all members of the community.”
The Platform Road project will cost $1.48 million. Council will secure the balance of $740,000 from the Commonwealth’s Roads to Recovery Program which will match the approved Stronger Regions Funding.
“Stronger Regions Funding has been provided to Councils that have undertaken mergers in NSW courtesy of the NSW Government,” Dr Tiley said. “Our ability to allocate these funds to significant projects including roads, some of which have been awaiting attention for some time, is invaluable.”
The Stronger Regions Funding approved for this project is part of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund provided to Councils that have undertaken mergers in NSW. The Fund includes a $9million major projects program which supports larger scale priority infrastructure and services projects that deliver long term economic and social benefits to communities.
Published on 17 May 2017