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Construction progress a step closer to safer Riverside drive

COMPLETION of initial construction works at Riverside Drive in Nambucca Heads will make landslips at the notorious section of road a thing of the past.

The works are part of a $5 million upgrade to the site following a number of landslips in the area putting the safety of local residents and businesses at risk.

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the fully funded Government project is an important contribution to the Nambucca Heads community.

"Wet weather has previously caused landslips on the road, blocking access to Nambucca Heads for the almost 8,000 vehicles which use this road every day," Mr Truss said.

"The upgrade ensures the Nambucca Heads community continues to function as it should regardless of the weather, while also reducing the chance of vehicles travelling on the nearby Pacific Highway being affected by a landslip."

Mr Truss said the works to date have been completed to date under budget enabling further construction to enhance the safety of the site.

"This has allowed for additional works to be undertaken on the project within the original funding commitment, which will complement the original safety and efficiency objectives of the Riverside Drive project."

Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker inspected Riverside Drive yesterday and said the upgrade - consisting of two sections totalling more than 500 metres in length - will provide a safer environment for local residents and businesses.

"Many residents of Nambucca Heads have established their livelihoods along Riverside Drive, including homes and businesses," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"This upgrade is now protecting families against the loss of their home by landslide as well as unnecessary job losses and traffic disruption, all of which is great for the Nambucca Heads community."

Construction of the project started in February this year with the initial works completed in September. 

The additional works are expected to be underway soon.



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