Eire Constructions have helped make residential streets in Kempsey significantly quieter and safer, with the opening of the extension of South Street to Gowings Hill Road.

Operations Manager Tadhg Kelliher said the stretch of new road through the Kempsey Industrial Estate was completed two months ahead of program, without incident or injury.

“The project involved the construction of a 1km roadway capable of carrying Heavy Vehicles, the installation of two new intersections, 15,000 cubic metres of bulk earthworks, and drainage infrastructure including box culverts,” Mr Kelliher said.

The extension, officially opened by Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and Mayor Liz Campbell on Monday 19 February 2018, will divert up to 70 truck movements away from residential areas each day.

The work was largely funded by a $2.25 million grant from the NSW Government through the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program, with additional funding provided by the Australian Government under the Roads to Recovery Programme as well as Kempsey Shire Council, bringing the total of the project to just over $3 million.

Ms Pavey said the NSW Government is proud to have supported Council in this important infrastructure project. “The new road provides a much safer access for trucks and motorists through the industrial area of South St while reducing traffic congestion in parts of South Kempsey.”

Mayor Liz Campbell said it was a significant day for the community as the South Street extension had been years in the planning. “I am thrilled that three levels of government have successfully worked together to make this project a reality. The new road has many benefits for the community,” Cr Campbell said.