Road works on Wauchope's main street is on track for November completion date

ALMOST DONE: The Wauchope main street nears completion as November deadline looms. PHOTO: Laura Telford.
ALMOST DONE: The Wauchope main street nears completion as November deadline looms. PHOTO: Laura Telford.

There is light at the end of the tunnel for businesses on Wauchope's High Steet with road works almost at completion.

Once complete the CBD will be safer, more attractive and pedestrian friendly with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council confirming work is on track for completion in November.

The end date has been a long time coming for many businesses being hit hard by delays and limited parking, but it will be all worth it in the end said Wauchope Travel's Robyn Flanagan.

"I'm not going to lie it has been pretty hard going during the road construction," Ms Flanagan said.

"Lots of businesses have been struggling but I think it will be worth it when its done.

"There is talk about a main street party when it is all done and I think that will really help unite the community again which will be wonderful."

As the work starts to wrap the good news is the installation of new footpaths, gardens, seating, street lighting, underground services, and recently the formalisation of a second pedestrian crossing is now complete.

Port Macquarie-Hastings mayor Peta Pinson said the upgrades were a high priority for Council and the Wauchope community.

"High St is one of our region's most important gateways, and it's great to see the character retained whilst making the area more accessible, safer and easier to get around," Cr Pinson said.

"A big thanks to all the local businesses and residents for their patience during the work.

"It's never easy when construction happens in the middle of town, but the small inconvenience now will mean great benefits for Wauchope for many years to come."

Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP said further work on pavement resurfacing and line marking of High Street is also proposed by Roads and Maritime Services to be completed in October.

"In the coming weeks, the direction of traffic in Oxley Lane will be reversed, with the entry being from High Street and the exit onto Cameron Street, as part of the overall plan to improve safety and amenity," Mrs Pavey said.

Further traffic changes to encourage more 'feet on the street' can also be expected later in the year, with a continuation of the 40km/h speed limit to be implemented on High St, parts of Cameron St, Bransdon St, Oxley Ln, Hastings St and Young St.

The $2.686 million Wauchope CBD upgrade commenced in late 2018, and is jointly funded by the NSW Government and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

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