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A section of Armidale Road, known as ‘project 2151’ (one of six projects), where Clarence Valley Council will spend $2.06 million on improving driver safety. Image: CVC

$6.479 million to fix broken roads

Clarence Valley Council (CVC) has accepted a $6.479 million funding offer from Transport for NSW, to improve driver safety at six ‘black spots’.

“These projects are 100 per cent funded and are not conditional on co-contribution,” the report to yesterday’s CVC meeting stated.

“As such the funding will allow a number of safety issues identified across the network to be improved.”

There are two projects on Armidale Road, valued at $2.06m and $1.325m respectively, a $1.21m project on Wooli Road and three projects on Clarence Way, valued at $1.447m, $302,495 and $135, 025 respectively.

The two less costly Clarence Way projects “are partially for the upgrade of Council Assets and partially for assets owned by the Malabugilmah and Baryulgil Communities”, whereas each of the other projects are “upgrades of existing council assets”.

The projects must all be completed within the 2020/21 financial year, as a condition of accepting the grant.

“The successful projects [were] nominated by council under the Safer Roads and/or Australian Government Blackspot program and endorsed by TfNSW Safe Systems Review Committee,” the report to council stated.

“…The clear intention is that the funding will facilitate the acceleration of larger scale infrastructure projects, at a time when the local economy needs it most.

“…The addition of these projects to the works program, in a year with an already significant capital works program, will create some constraints on resourcing and it is anticipated that external resources will be utilised to accelerate our delivery program and ensure completion.

“Staff are currently reviewing and adjusting our delivery program to incorporate these projects.”