Comboyne Road January closure notice

Port Macquarie-Hastings

Contractors working on the reconstruction of Comboyne Road will commence a difficult phase of the project in January, which will require a full road closure of up to two weeks.

Contractors PJ Warner have been steadily stabilising flood-affected slips along Comboyne Road since work commenced in August. To date, the work to stabilise both the up and down slopes have only required a single-lane closure under traffic control.

However, given the nature of the next phase of work to realign the road upslope of the slips and remove the existing road surface, workers will be required to enact a full road closure.

Comboyne Road will close for up to two weeks between January 8 and 19, so that the work can be completed in the safest and most efficient way possible.

During this time, and similar to previous Comboyne Road closures, a detour route will be in place using Lorne Road. Emergency Services, Busways, Australia Post and other service providers have been notified of the need to close Comboyne Road.

PMHC Director Community Infrastructure, Robert Fish, said Council has been progressively preparing Lorne Road to withstand the additional traffic.

“We are committed to ensuring Lorne Road is a suitable and safe detour route,” he said.

“We have recently graded the surface to ensure it is in good condition for increased usage, and we’ll continue to monitor and prioritise road repair works before and during this closure period.”

It is expected that work on Comboyne Road will be completed by the end of the second quarter in 2024.

Mr Fish said there is still a lot of work to do to return the road to a safe state.

“Comboyne Road was one of the most heavily impacted sites, with 16 slips in total,” he said.

“Of these, we experienced three major slips, resulting in a major planning and investigation phase to consider what tools, resources and funding we needed to redesign and repair the damaged road,” Mr Fish said.

“There is still a significant amount more work to do, and we’re mindful that there will be some impacts for motorists throughout the construction period. We will continue to update our community as needed while the project progresses.”

Council anticipates this will be the only road closure during the program, with the remainder of the work to be conducted under traffic control.

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