Move to stage two of Pulteney Street roadworks

Published on 12 June 2018

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Road reconstruction works in Taree’s busy Pulteney Street are continuing, with MidCoast Council’s contractors preparing to start work on the northbound side from this Thursday, 14 June.

The extensive roadworks, which commenced in mid-April, target the split level section of Pulteney Street between Albert and Wynter Streets, and include a full reconstruction in both directions, as well as replacing footpaths, stairs and median islands, and improving roadside drainage.

In stage one, due for completion later this week, contractors focused on the southbound lanes and will be ready to reopen this side to southbound traffic from Monday 18 June.

“While this is a busy part of Taree’s CBD, it’s been pleasing to see local motorists travelling with care in and around the area of the works”, said Rhett Pattison, MidCoast Council’s Manager, Projects and Engineering. “Issues encountered by our contractors when they excavated on the southbound side have impacted our timings, but at the same time we are able to pre-empt issues with sub-surface conditions as we move to the northbound side”.

Changes to be implemented as a result of stage one findings include greater excavation depth to provide more pavement thickness for the full length of the targeted section, allowing for newly constructed road to achieve the desired 40-year design life.

Stage two of the project includes reconstruction of the northbound lanes, and, as a result of the deep excavation, will require a full road closure for northbound traffic. Prominent signage and detours will be in place to direct traffic around the area of the roadworks. Vehicular access to premises will be restricted, however night-time parking will be made available for residents along the southbound lane. Pedestrian access will continue to be maintained on both sides of the street.

Stage two will commence on Thursday 14 June, and is expected to continue for up to four weeks, weather-permitting.

“Work will be completed to reopen the northbound lanes as soon as possible, and our contractors will be liaising closely with businesses and residents in the affected strip”, Rhett added.

In stage three, both lanes will receive a final asphalt seal for a smoother, more durable driving surface. It is anticipated the full scope of the project will be completed during September.

This project is part of MidCoast Council’s commitment to improving infrastructure across the region, and is funded from a combination of Roads to Recovery funding and MidCoast Council’s $30million Roadcare Program. Stay updated on the progress of this project by visiting

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