11 September 2020

Work to begin on 'key link' between Mogo and coastal areas

| Hannah Sparks
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Tomakin Road.

Tomakin Road users can expect delays between now and December due to safety upgrade work. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council.

Work on the first stage of a three-year project to upgrade Tomakin Road in the Eurobodalla Shire will begin soon.

The first stage will improve the safety, drainage and property access along 1.4km of the road, east of Dunns Creek Road.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s director of infrastructure, Warren Sharpe, said the safety upgrade was identified as a priority due to the number of crashes on Tomakin Road and rapid growth in traffic along the route.

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“Tomakin Road is one of the shire’s busiest, providing a key link between Mogo and coastal growth areas, as well as servicing Mogo Zoo,” said Mr Sharpe.

“We are really pleased the NSW Government is supporting our community, taking a whole-of-route approach to road safety rather than focusing on individual blackspots. It’s a proactive approach to reducing road-related trauma and saving lives on our country roads.

“The upcoming work includes extending road shoulders, enhancing clear zones, a widened centreline, line marking, signage, guardrails and strengthened road pavement. There will be limited vegetation clearing essential to achieve road-safety outcomes, and we’ll be talking to residents about opportunities for replanting – as we’ve done on other projects.”

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Mr Sharpe said residents can expect heavy machinery along the road.

“Traffic control will be in place and commuters using Tomakin Road should expect delays and, where practical, should take alternative routes for the duration of work, between now and December,” he said.

Transport for NSW is providing $3 million through its Safer Roads Program during the next three years for the Tomakin Road safety upgrade. The first stage will use one-third of the funding and council will contribute a further $260,000 to rebuild failing road pavement while crews are onsite.

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This should also include bike lanes as there are a growing number of cyclists using this road.

I am one of those cyclists that uses Tomakin Road . Some sections have been widened already but there are a lot that haven’t. Gravel on the shoulders makes it incredibly dangerous when cars are passing less than 1 metre while travelling at 100 km/hr.

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