Traffic is flowing from the Mitchell Highway through Dairy Creek Road as the next milestone of the southern feeder road project is reached.
Stage three of the Southern Feeder Road includes the 2 kilometre long stretch which follows the same line as Dairy Creek Road and Blowes Road from Elsham Avenue to the Mitchell Highway.
The project involves
- kerb and guttering from Elsham Avenue to Lone Pine Avenue and at the intersection of Calton Road
- new street lighting for the entire length of the road
- and a new shared pedestrian/cycle path from Elsham Avenue to Kurim Avenue, connecting to the existing path which crosses the railway line.
The section from Elsham Avenue to Lone Pine Avenue was opened to traffic several weeks ago. As of today (June 25) the section from Lone Pine Avenue to the highway is now also open.
Line-marking will occur sometime in the next week, weather depending. The road will temporarily close again during this time.
The next stage of the project includes a new intersection where the new road meets the highway about 250 metres west of the current intersection. That work is expected to finish in October.
For the last eight months trucks and vehicles which would usually use Dairy Creek Road to access Leewood Estate have been diverted through Edward Street, McLachlan Street and Moulder Street.
These vehicles may now use the entrance from the highway as they did in the past.
Funding for the project is shared by Orange City Council, the Australian Government and the NSW Government. The funding sources for the project are:
- The Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program – $3 million
- The NSW Government’s Infrastructure NSW Program (Regional Growth) – $3 million
- Orange City Council – $1.5 million