Byron Shire Council ‘full steam ahead’ with roadworks

Middleton Street, near the Byron Bay Public School, has been resurfaced. Photo Byron Council.

Council’s works team say they have started making a dent in the $20 million allocated to Byron Shire for road programs as part of the NSW government’s $25 million tourism impacts infrastructure election commitment.

Byron Bay’s Middleton Street, near the public school, now has a brand-new asphalt surface.

Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, said, ‘Ask anyone whose children go to the school and they will tell you just how bad that street was.

‘Our team has removed the failed surface, which was riddled with potholes, and replaced it with new asphalt, and we’ve received very favourable feedback from community members,’ Mr Holloway said.

‘We didn’t stop there – moving onto Kingsley Street where the team worked on the section from Jonson Street to Tennyson Street.

‘These works come under the $3.8 million asphalt overlay program, which aims to get Council out of the cycle of repairing potholes, only to find they return at the first drop of rain.

‘By removing failed road surfaces and replacing with asphalt we are extending their life by approximately 10 years. While there may be the odd repair that is necessary, we definitely won’t need to be repairing these new surfaces every couple of months as we were doing with the potholes.

‘Ideally we would be reconstructing all these roads from the bottom up, but that is an enormous expense, and Council does not have the money – even with the $25 million from the NSW Government,’ Mr Holloway said.

The Works team will also be targeting Carlyle, Massinger and Ruskin Streets in Byron Bay, before moving to Mullumbimby.

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