Major works for Ballina Shire road start Monday
BALLINA Shire Council is about to embark on a major upgrade to Angels Beach Drive as part of a safety initiative.
The Roads and Maritime Service identified Angels Beach Drive as a black spot and has allocated $2 million to the upgrade.
The improvement works will include the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Links Avenue and Angels Beach Drive and two curve corrections, one north of Prospect Bridge and another to the east of the Links Avenue intersection.
The works will be completed in three stages and will commence Monday April 4 and continue to August 2016, weather permitting.
Stage 1 will be Curve Correction to Angels Beach Drive adjacent to Chickiba Lake.
This stage will commence Monday April 4.
As Angels Beach Drive north of Links Road will be closed, council will take the opportunity to improve motorist safety and rehabilitate the section of road east of the curve correction all the way to Silver Gull Drive.
These works need to be completed prior to osprey nesting in June.
During construction of this stage, Angels Beach Drive will be closed from Links Avenue to the south of North Angels Estate.
Stage 2 will be Curve Correction to Angels Beach Drive north-east of Prospect Bridge and will commence when stage one is completed.
During construction of this stage, Angels Beach Drive will be closed from Bangalow Road to Links Avenue
Stage 3 will include the construction of a roundabout at the Links Avenue and Angels Beach Drive intersection
This is likely to start in the first quarter of the new financial year, following the anticipated approval from the NSW Government regarding an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit.
For the works to be completed in the most efficient and safest way, sections of Angels Beach Drive will be closed to motorists.
Access will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists only.
Council seeks your patience during construction works.
Unfortunately, there will be delays in travel due to increased volumes of traffic on the alternate routes, a spokesperson from the council said.
Council will be implement the appropriate traffic control measures where required to assist with alternate routes.
Council has made the decision not to leave one lane open during construction works but to close entire sections of Angels Beach Drive to allow construction works to be completed sooner, without the disruption of traffic control.
A reduced construction period also means costs savings to council and the community, council said.
Cost savings will also be made in not having to install traffic controls devices and personnel.
Closing the entire section also makes the construction safer for construction crews as they will not impeded by vehicles and it also means improved safety for motorists as they will avoid the construction zones.
Further information on the construction works will be made available on Council's website www.ballina.nsw.gov.au