Building Better Roads

As well as increasing its spending on local roads and improving road quality, Orange City Council wants to engage with local residents to better explain how roads are maintained.
One this site you can find out more and have your say about :








As well as increasing its spending on local roads and improving road quality, Orange City Council wants to engage with local residents to better explain how roads are maintained.
One this site you can find out more and have your say about :








  • Top layer rolls out on key Orange road upgrade

    9 days ago
    Kidd clergate

    October 12, 2017

    Hot-mix seal is being applied onto Clergate Road this week, bringing the $2.8 million road upgrade ever closer to completion.

    Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrade, designed to improve traffic flow, would make the road safer and more accessible for the growing north Orange community.

    “The Australian Government’s joint funding of this project under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program shows our commitment to delivering safer roads in regional areas such as Orange,” Mr Chester said.

    Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the project’s completion – with only minor finishing... Continue reading

    October 12, 2017

    Hot-mix seal is being applied onto Clergate Road this week, bringing the $2.8 million road upgrade ever closer to completion.

    Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrade, designed to improve traffic flow, would make the road safer and more accessible for the growing north Orange community.

    “The Australian Government’s joint funding of this project under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program shows our commitment to delivering safer roads in regional areas such as Orange,” Mr Chester said.

    Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the project’s completion – with only minor finishing works such as lighting remaining – would cater for future growth in the region’s northern suburbs.

    “Residents of Orange will welcome this upgrade which delivers a fit for purpose road now used as the main thoroughfare for the city’s northern areas,” Mr Gee said.

    Orange mayor Reg Kidd has welcomed the latest milestone on the Clergate Rd project.

    “It’s great that the end of this project is now in sight,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “Clergate Road started its life as a narrow rural country lane. This project now includes a major drainage upgrade, better street-lighting and a much-improved intersection where Clergate Rd meets Farrell Road.”

    “The higher standard of this road puts it in a good condition to work hard for the people of Orange for many years to come. The joint-funding of this project is a great story of co-operation and partnership with the federal government and I thank Andrew Gee for his commitment to working for the region.”

    Stage 1 of the project would see a rebuild of a 750-metre section of Clergate Road from Quartz Street towards the Northern Distributor Road.

    Construction on the project started in February 2017 and will be complete by mid-December. The project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government and Orange City Council.

    For more information about the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/heavy_vehicle_safety_and_productivity.aspx.


    HOT MIX: Contractors apply hot mix asphalt to 750 metres of Clergate Road.

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  • Road building season begins with night work

    15 days ago
    Hill street near roselawn drive


    October 6, 2017

    This year’s road building season in Orange has begun.

    It began with night work on a busy industrial section of Lords Place, from Gardiner Road to the railway line, in a bid to reduce the impact on local businesses. .

    The rehabilitation involves a 480 metre section of the surface being ripped up to a depth of about 200 mm, then stabilised with a road pulveriser and concrete additives.

    The road will then be compacted and finished with a 50 mm hot mix seal.



    IT BEGINS : Council members Jo McRae, Mayor Kidd and Tony Mileto visited
    ... Continue reading


    October 6, 2017

    This year’s road building season in Orange has begun.

    It began with night work on a busy industrial section of Lords Place, from Gardiner Road to the railway line, in a bid to reduce the impact on local businesses. .

    The rehabilitation involves a 480 metre section of the surface being ripped up to a depth of about 200 mm, then stabilised with a road pulveriser and concrete additives.

    The road will then be compacted and finished with a 50 mm hot mix seal.



    IT BEGINS : Council members Jo McRae, Mayor Kidd and Tony Mileto visited the site of the Lords Place project, to outline plans to reporters at the start of the road-building season.

    Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said this year’s $17 million road building budget was on top of last year’s mammoth road building achievements, where several of Orange’s busiest roads were upgraded along with dozens of residential streets.

    “This year’s program has a lot of bread and butter projects such as filling in the dip at Kite Street near Cook Park and an upgrade of Hill Street near the Orange Aquatic Centre, but also big ticket items such as a $3.4 million upgrade of Forest Road.

    “The community has been crying out for work to start on that road,” Cr Kidd said.

    “It’s a major project and we will be putting the tender out for that project in the next two weeks.

    “Cargo Road, a major entrance to the city is also due to receive major work with the tender going out for that project in the coming weeks.

    "There will be two Cargo Road projects coming up, one will be from the water tank to the council boundary at Neals Lane, where additional subsoil drainage will be added, the pavement strengthened and a new bitumen seal put down.

    “The second project will be down the hill between Whitton Place to Ploughmans Lane, where the road will be widened and upgraded to an urban standard with kerb and gutter, piped drainage and a hot mix asphalt seal.

    “We have a long list of priorities this year and we’re hiring additional staff to get the work done.”

    New councillor Jo McRae is pleased to see the start of road work for the year.

    “Roads and streets of our city have been a big priority for our residents and it’s great to see these works commencing,” Cr McRae said.

    “The main key for me is the wonderful engagement we can have with the citizens of Orange by getting them to tell us where the issues are, and I’d encourage all residents to look at the Your Say Orange website because that does provide a list of all the projects, and a really great way to engage with the information about what’s going to be worked on, or raise issues that need to be addressed.”

    “It’s been a steep learning curve and I have learnt a lot about the processes and a lot of information about road building, but it does come back as a councillor to being responsive to what the community wants and to continue to work with our wonderful council staff to make sure those priorities are pushed through.”

    New councillor Tony Mileto said road-building is a crucial part of the council’s work.

    “These projects are vitally important because people expect to have decent and safe roads within this city I think we’re working towards that objective at the moment,” Cr Mileto said.

    “If we have heavy traffic going on those roads, they need to be built for that purpose. We need to do the research. We need to do the core samples and make sure that those roads are suitable for the purpose intended. And with some of the stuff I’ve seen so far since I’ve been on council we’re working towards that.”

    Work on an industrial section of Lords Place, south, from Gardiner Road began on Tuesday with work happening at night, to reduce the impact on businesses.

    Council road crews and specialist sealing contractors are working on this project.

    A specialized fabric seal will be placed on Sunday 7 October as day works, with the hot mix asphalt contractor completing work on Monday and Tuesday night October 16 and 17.

    “We’ve tried to minimise the impact on businesses as much as we can by completing the majority of the work during the evenings and on Sunday.

    “We appreciate there are nearby residents who may have been affected by the noise but we have all hands on deck to get the work completed as soon as practically possible."

    “This section of road is well and truly due for an upgrade and it is a busy section of road for many businesses and their customers,” Cr Kidd said.

    Other highlights for this season include an upgrade of Leeds Parade from Margaret Street through to the Northern Distributor Road, a roundabout at the Icely Road, Winter Street and Wakeford Street intersection.

    The list of road projects and expected time frames can be found on this section of the Your Say Orange site.


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  • Check out this year's roads projects near you

    3 months ago
    Road legend 3


    1 August 2017

    This map lets you compare road projects planned for the coming road-building season in Orange with past years, and find out where the next round of road-works are planned.

    Click on the 'Full Screen' menu (top right) and then click on each line on the map to see its location.




    1 August 2017

    This map lets you compare road projects planned for the coming road-building season in Orange with past years, and find out where the next round of road-works are planned.

    Click on the 'Full Screen' menu (top right) and then click on each line on the map to see its location.



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  • Roads hit list revealed

    3 months ago
    Kite sale roundabout thumb


    28 July 2017

    Cargo Road, Leeds Parade and Forest Road are at the top of Orange City Council’s road works hit list this financial year.

    Infrastructure Policy Committee Chair Glenn Taylor said more than $17 million had been allocated to the city’s road network over the coming road building season.

    “Everyone will have noticed a difference to the roads after the latest road building season wrapped up, and this one will be no different.

    “It’s no secret Cargo Road, Leeds Parade and Forest Road are in need of an upgrade and I’m sure the community will be thrilled to see... Continue reading


    28 July 2017

    Cargo Road, Leeds Parade and Forest Road are at the top of Orange City Council’s road works hit list this financial year.

    Infrastructure Policy Committee Chair Glenn Taylor said more than $17 million had been allocated to the city’s road network over the coming road building season.

    “Everyone will have noticed a difference to the roads after the latest road building season wrapped up, and this one will be no different.

    “It’s no secret Cargo Road, Leeds Parade and Forest Road are in need of an upgrade and I’m sure the community will be thrilled to see those projects finished.”

    The Forest Road upgrade includes 1400 metres from the Southern Feeder Road intersection, alongside Sir Jack Brabham Park to the hospital entrance.

    As well as an upgrade of the road, the funding includes street lighting and the construction of parking alongside Jack Brabham sports fields and provision for an entrance into the proposed new private hospital.

    The Leeds Parade upgrade includes a rehabilitation from Margaret Street through to the Northern Distributor Road.

    Cargo Road will receive pavement strengthening, drainage works and a new seal from east of Neals Lane to the city boundary but also a hotmix seal from Whitton Lane to Ploughmans Lane.

    “Those three roads are crucial,” Cr Taylor said

    “One takes to people to the hospital, another is a thoroughfare to the North Orange Bypass and the third is an entrance to the city.

    “On top of those high profile locations, we’ll be tackling upgrades in Lords Place, Ophir Road, the North Orange Bypass, Wicks Road and Kite Street.

    “We’ll also be doing rehabilitation work at Hill Street, Moulder Street and sections of Anson Street.

    “We’re not on top of the roads yet but we’re certainly making a noticeable difference.

    “There’s a real focus on footpaths this year too but it doesn’t mean the roads will be taking a back seat.

    “In the last two budgets we’ve delivered about $26 million worth of road upgrades for Orange.

    “About 5 years ago Orange nearly ran out of water and we sorted that, we then went to work on the roads and we’re getting there, now we’re hearing loud and clear from the community the footpaths need to take a priority.

    “We’re listening and we’re doing.”






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    The following is a list of proposed road projects to be completed during the current financial year ( 2017/18).

    This list of projects is subject to a range of variables such as weather and availability of resources. The availability of external contractors who are all involved with record expenditure on roads projects across NSW.

    • Lords Place – Gardiner Road to the end of Lords Place – rehabilitation* and hotmix.
    • Ophir Road – First crossing and the next 140m- rehabilitation and spray seal.
    • Kite Street- Hill Street to Sampson Street- rehabilitation and removal of a dip in the road at the Clinton Street intersection.
    • North Orange Bypass – Anson Street to Clergate Road – Hotmix reconstruction** and street lighting at the intersection.
    • Leeds Parade – Margaret Street to Northern Distributor Road – Rehabilitate and seal (subject to design work).
    • Burrendong Way – Northern Distributor Road Wiradjuri Way – Widening, reconstruction and spray seal.
    • Cargo Road – Whitton Lane to Ploughmans Lane- Widening, reconstruction and a hot mix seal, sub soil drainage works towards the boundary.
    • Wicks Road – full length – Form pavement and spray seal
    • Canobolas Road causeway – reconstruct causeway with piped culvert.
    • Forest Road – Southern Feeder Road to the hospital- Widening, reconstruction, hotmix seal and traffic lights at the main hospital entrance.
    • Forest Road bridge duplication
    • Southern Feeder Road – Huntley Road to Elsham Avenue (subject to grant funding)
    • Elsham Avenue – Leewood Drive to Ash Street – hotmix.
    • William Street from March to Byng St


    The following roads will be rehabilitated and then given a spray seal.

    • Hill Street – Moulder to Warrendine Street
    • Anson Street – at Lister Drive and at Phillip Street


    The following is a list of roads expected to receive a re-seal.

    • Aminya Place- Larella To End
    • Attunga Place-Kurim To End
    • Banksia Street-Racecourse To Beech
    • Barrett Street-Kalkadoon To Beech
    • Boyd Place-Ploughmans To Wiare
    • Burreburry Crescent Wentworth (West) To Wentworth (East)
    • Clergate Road-Auberson To Pearce
    • Cypress Street-Entire Street
    • Elliott Close-Torulosa To End
    • Emily Place-Annabelle To End
    • Forest Road-Tynan To Grevillea
    • Forest Road-Stephen To Sharp
    • Frost Street-Coronation To Wentworth
    • Larry Dwyer Way-Caleula To Woodward
    • Laurel Avenue-Valerie To End
    • Markham Avenue-End To Morobe
    • Melville Place-Anson to End
    • Nunkeri Place-Yvonne To Mirral
    • Spring Street-March to Byng
    • Spring Street-Jindaleee to Amaroo
    • Steels Lane-Line Pine to Carlton
    • Turner Crescent-Cianfrano to Turner
    • Wrights Lane-Mount Pleasant to Canobolas

    _______________________________________________________

    * The most common road renewal technique that Orange City Council uses is called Pavement Rehabilitation.

    Pavement rehabilitation or 'Stabilising' involves-

    • removing the surface
    • the pavement gravel is pulverised by a road reclaimer machine.
    • a binder is added for strength, and the pavement is watered and re-compacted
    • a surface seal of either asphalt or sprayed seal is applied.

    ** A Reconstruction is the replacement of the entire existing pavement structure.


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  • Northern Distributor Road passes economic test

    3 months ago
    By pass community day

    July 20, 2017

    The Northern Distributor Road has been revealed as a safety and economic benefit adding millions of dollars to the community.

    A report on the total cost of the road was presented to Tuesday night’s (18 July) Orange City Council meeting.

    Orange Mayor John Davis said the community had been frustrated by the performance of the road but
    could be assured the road was good value for money.


    “The cost benefit analysis shows that even though the road has cost an extra $13.8 million in upgrades
    since 2013, it still ticks every box in terms of benefit to... Continue reading


    July 20, 2017

    The Northern Distributor Road has been revealed as a safety and economic benefit adding millions of dollars to the community.

    A report on the total cost of the road was presented to Tuesday night’s (18 July) Orange City Council meeting.

    Orange Mayor John Davis said the community had been frustrated by the performance of the road but
    could be assured the road was good value for money.


    “The cost benefit analysis shows that even though the road has cost an extra $13.8 million in upgrades
    since 2013, it still ticks every box in terms of benefit to the community compared to cost to ratepayers,” Cr Davis said.

    “Most of the NDR from the Escort way through to the Mitchell Highway is of a standard which is greatlyimproved and I challenge anyone who is critical of the quality of the road to drive it from start to finish.

    “There’s a few sections which, still need work but we’ve held off due to operational reasons such as the
    plan to build a new roundabout at the William Maker Drive intersection and the ongoing work at Clergate Road.”

    The analysis compared the total cost of the NDR, including upgrades, to the cost of the Guanna Hill
    realignment project being done by the Roads and Maritime Services, on the Mitchell Highway.

    The total cost of the NDR, including upgrades has reached $48.1 million, the total length of the project is 12.5 kilometres, or $3.8 million per kilometre.

    In comparison, the restructure of the 7.2 kilometre section of the Mitchell Highway at Guanna Hill has
    been valued at about $40 million, or about $5.6 million per kilometre.

    The Guanna Hill project has been designed for traffic volumes of around 3,000 vehicles per day, whereas the NDR carries between 10,500 vehicles per day between Hill Street and Leeds Parade and around 4,000 vehicles per day in the vicinity of Icely Road.

    Orange City Council’s Infrastructure Chair Glenn Taylor said the comparison shows the NDR is value for money given both roads consist of a significant portion of new highway standard road construction through rural areas.

    “More than half the NDR is through residential areas so we have also had additional costs such as buying land, building sounds barriers and landscaping,” Cr Taylor said.

    “We’ve also had to put in four major roundabouts and 11 intersections as well as the major intersection
    with the highway at Bathurst Road and we’ve built three bridges.

    “All of these elements add to the cost.

    “We’ve looked at the costs of the projects compared to the benefits to the community and it comes out on top.

    “When you look at the number of accidents prevented, time saved and environmental benefits such as getting trucks out of the main street, the economic benefit to the community has already reached $22 million and is expected to be about $82 million over the next 20 years.”


    BYPASS: Orange City Council’s Infrastructure Chair Glenn Taylor says the bypass is value for money.

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  • Roads done and dusted

    3 months ago
    Paling st 9

    July 14 2017

    Here's a list of jobs we said we'd do in September last year and information on whether we completed them.

    Jobs completed:
    • Completing the final layer of hot mix surfacing on the bypass between Escort Way and Molong Road.
    • Re-surfacing the section of bypass from the Mitchell Highway to Icely Road.
    • A new hotmix section of the bypass between Icely Road and the Ophir Road roundabout.
    • Selected heavy patching with hot mix asphalt at several intersections
    • Selected heavy patching in several streets such as Gardiner Road, Stirling Avenue and Kenna Street.


    The list of local streets... Continue reading


    July 14 2017

    Here's a list of jobs we said we'd do in September last year and information on whether we completed them.

    Jobs completed:
    • Completing the final layer of hot mix surfacing on the bypass between Escort Way and Molong Road.
    • Re-surfacing the section of bypass from the Mitchell Highway to Icely Road.
    • A new hotmix section of the bypass between Icely Road and the Ophir Road roundabout.
    • Selected heavy patching with hot mix asphalt at several intersections
    • Selected heavy patching in several streets such as Gardiner Road, Stirling Avenue and Kenna Street.


    The list of local streets which have been re-habilitated and re-surfaced with a bitumen
    gravel seal at a cost of $574,000 includes :
    • Summer St East from Summer Lane to the bridge
    • McNeilly Ave from Elsham Ave to Edward St
    • Caroline St from Edward St to Rose St
    • Endeavour Ave from James Cook Cr (east) Hill St
    • Endsleigh Ave from Warrendine St to Franklin Rd
    • Hargraves Cr from Heatherbrae Pl to Friendship Place
    • March St from Clinton St to Sampson St
    • Moad Place from Maxwell Ave to Glenroi Ave
    • Paling St from Icely Rd to Austin St
    • Churchill Ave to from Tobruk Cr to Fitzroy St
    • Pinnacle Rd from Shiralee Rd 1.8km southward
    • Forest Rd from Cadia Rd 1.8km southward
    • Ophir Rd from the bypass to the Resource Recovery Centre

    List of pedestrian blisters we built:

    • March & Sale Streets
    • Moulder & Sale Streets
    • Prince & Clinton Streets
    • Sale & Warrendine Streets
    • Dalton & Spring St
    • Coronation Drive and Frost Street
    • March and Lords Pl
    Further bitumen/gravel and hotmix asphalt re-sealing work worth $636,000 was done
    on urban roads and $155,000 on rural roads. This included :
    • Byng St from Clinton to Sampson (hotmix Asphalt)

    • Bletchington St from Spring To McLachlan
    • Laurel Av from Racecourse To Cedar
    • Banjo Paterson Way from Ophir To Rossi
    • Hill St from Prunus To Benelong
    • Lone Pine Av from Leumeah To Kurim
    • March St from Winter To Wolsley
    • Hill St from Roselawn To Yellowbox
    • Anson St from Ophir To Casey
    • Edward St from Kite To Warrendine
    • Forest Rd from Gosling To Hiney
    • Gardiner Rd from Hill street west for 260m
    • Lone Pine Av from Adina To South Terrace
    • March St from Wolsley To Park
    • Matthews Av from Lords To Anson
    • Churchill Ave from Fitzroy To McLachlan
    • Forest Road from Aerodrome to Davis
    • Forest Road between Failford and Bennett
    • Forest Road from Selwood south for 450m

    Here's a list of projects we said we'd do but didn't finish and some reasons why:
    • Stabilising and hot-mix surfacing in William St from Byng St to Dalton St (Hot mix asphalt was completed from March Street to Dalton Street).
    • Stabilising and hot-mix surfacing in Lords Place from Gardiner Rd to the southern end of Lords Place (Planned for the next season)
    • Stabilising and hot-mix surfacing in Anson Street from Moulder Street towards Warrendine Street (Planned for the next season)
    • Stabilising and hot-mix surfacing in Kite Street from Hill Street to Clinton Street (including removing a dip in the road) (Planned for the next season)

    • Re-building Clergate Road from the northern bypass to Strathgrove Way ($2.65 million) (This job hasn't been completed and a temporary seal will go down next week. The job will be finished in the warmer weather).
    • Building a new rail overpass bridge in Forest Road (We haven't received the full funding for this project yet).
    • Re-building Forest Road from the southern feeder road intersection to the hospital. (This project was subject to funding from the government and will begin in the coming months).
    • Burrendong Way will be re-built with a sprayed bitumen seal from the bypass to Wiradjuri Place (This job is ongoing).
    • Maxwell Ave from Tobruk St (south) to Brunswick St (This job needs to be completed in school holidays to minimise disruption to Glenroi Heights Public School. It will be completed in the next warm school holidays)
    • Maxwell Ave from Moad St to Tobruk(north) (This job needs to be completed in school holidays to minimise disruption to Glenroi Heights Public School. It will be completed in the next warm school holidays).

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  • Road season winds up, crews move to maintenance

    3 months ago
    Drainage on clergate

    As Orange City Council roads crews move from the building season to maintenance, Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Glenn Taylor is calling on the community to report any potholes.

    Cr Taylor said the latest road building season was a mammoth effort by the team.


    “Everyone who drives in Orange would have noticed the huge difference to our roads,” Cr Taylor said.

    “The record rainfall last year hammered us, it’s not an excuse but it certainly presented a large challenge and I think we rose to that challenge.

    “We’ve completed more than 50 road reseals, rehabilitations, traffic improvements and major projects.


    As Orange City Council roads crews move from the building season to maintenance, Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Glenn Taylor is calling on the community to report any potholes.

    Cr Taylor said the latest road building season was a mammoth effort by the team.


    “Everyone who drives in Orange would have noticed the huge difference to our roads,” Cr Taylor said.

    “The record rainfall last year hammered us, it’s not an excuse but it certainly presented a large challenge and I think we rose to that challenge.

    “We’ve completed more than 50 road reseals, rehabilitations, traffic improvements and major projects.
    “The job is certainly not done yet and next season is looking just as big with Cargo Road, Leeds Parade and Forest Road on the hit list.”

    The road building season started in October last year with a rehabilitation of Paling Street and since then local road crews and contractors have worked “flat out” to get the jobs done, Cr Taylor said.

    Larger reseals and rehabilitations include Summer Street East, March Street, Byng Street, Edward Street and Forest Road near Aerodrome Road.

    Major projects include a full upgrade of William Street with hot mix asphalt from March Street to Dalton Street, an upgrade of the bypass from the Mitchell Highway to Icely Road, an upgrade of Ophir Road from the bypass to the Resource Recovery Centre and the final layer of hot mix asphalt on the bypass from the Escort way to the Mitchell Highway.

    Crews were able to build the roundabout at Moulder Street and Woodward Street as well as six full sets of traffic blisters at crash hot spots across town.

    Work is still progressing on Clergate Road and a temporary seal will be put down over completed sections over the next few weeks to protect the surface until hot mix asphalt can be put down in the warmer months.

    At Burrendong Way, the road construction works to upgrade and widen the pavement have now been sealed.

    Cr Taylor said the cold weather prevents some work from being done because bitumen and hot mix asphalt seals need warmer weather to allow for proper placement, compaction and curing.

    “Crews have now moved into maintenance and are out and about on the streets daily with the jet patcher as well as a cold mix crew,” Cr Taylor said.

    “We’ve caught up on the potholes from the horrendous weather conditions last year but potholes every now and then, on any roads, are inevitable.

    “It’s important the community lets us know about any potholes via our website or by giving us a call so we can get onto them as soon as possible.

    “To report a pothole you can go online to our website at www.orange.nsw.gov.au/reportit and follow the links.

    “As soon as the weather warms up we’ll be hitting the roads with larger repairs and rebuilds.

    “Forest Road, Cargo Road and Leeds Parade are all well due for an upgrade but those roads won’t be the only ones on the hit list. “

    PALING STREET: Paling Street was one of the first streets to receive a rehabilitation in October last year.
    FROM THE ARCHIVES...


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  • Orange’s newest roundabout tackles Woodward St Black Spot

    4 months ago
    Woodward roundabout opening 800 2


    30 June 2017

    A new roundabout at the busy intersection of Woodward and Moulder Streets in Orange is already improving driver safety in the city.

    The $635,000 Black Spot project was fully funded by the Australian Government, with Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester describing the upgrade as a ‘congestion buster’.

    “This new roundabout has been designed to enable more free flowing traffic in an area known for congestion and risky motorist behaviour,” Mr Chester said.

    “Road accidents cause an enormous amount of strain on communities and emergency services, and upgrades like this one help reduce incidents while... Continue reading


    30 June 2017

    A new roundabout at the busy intersection of Woodward and Moulder Streets in Orange is already improving driver safety in the city.

    The $635,000 Black Spot project was fully funded by the Australian Government, with Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester describing the upgrade as a ‘congestion buster’.

    “This new roundabout has been designed to enable more free flowing traffic in an area known for congestion and risky motorist behaviour,” Mr Chester said.

    “Road accidents cause an enormous amount of strain on communities and emergency services, and upgrades like this one help reduce incidents while providing a more efficient, stress free trip through the Orange CBD.”

    Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the new roundabout proved how valuable the Black Spot program was at the local level.

    “By directly and fully funding these works, we’ve improved local road safety and eased the financial burden on Orange City Council, which was able to build the new roundabout and put in line marking, lighting and the necessary signage,” Mr Gee said.

    “This will ease traffic flow for tourists and local motorists travelling through the CBD, who know how frustrating queuing in the Moulder Street approach can be as they wait for a break in Woodward Street traffic.”

    Orange Mayor John Davis OAM was delighted the project had been delivered on time and on-budget following the start of work in mid-April this year.

    “I know there’s been some impact on a number of local business while passing traffic in Moulder Street was affected, and I thank them for their patience while the new roundabout was built,” Cr Davis said.

    “I know they’ll be as happy as everyone else who uses this intersection that’s it’s now a lot safer and that traffic will be turning with added safety. It’s good for the Council to work in partnership with the Australian Government to deliver important grassroots infrastructure like this new roundabout.”

    "It makes sense that there'll be more passing trade for businesses, if it's easier to turn in and out of Moulder St because of this roundabout."

    Local business impact

    "I'd also like to pay tribute to the work of local business Forefront Services who were the contractors for this project," John Davis said. "Over the 10 weeks of this project there were between 12 and 38 people working on the site each day... All locals and local contractors who picked up work because of this project."

    The Australian Government fully funded the $635,000 project, which was delivered by Orange City Council.

    The roundabout was funded under the 2016-17 round of the Black Spot Programme. A further 52 Black Spot projects across New South Wales will be delivered in 2017–18.

    OPEN FOR TRAFFIC : Checking out the new roundabout are Forefront staff (l. to r.) Ross Theobold, Tim McAlister and Anthony Redmond, together with Member for Calare Andrew Gee and Mayor John Davis.

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  • Find out why Orange's traffic blisters are safer for drivers

    4 months ago
    Refuge islands 300


    In its latest road safety initiative, Orange City Council has started installing a network of traffic 'blisters' at problem-intersections around Orange.

    The corners were chosen because of their high number of road accidents.

    At each selected corner, a mix of traffic 'blisters' that stretch out into the road-way has been installed alongside pedestrian refuge islands.



    SAFER : Find out how to make the most of the extra safety features of traffic blisters in Orange by watching this quick video clipThe new system of traffic signs, refuge islands and blisters has been funded by the Australian Government through its 'Black
    ... Continue reading


    In its latest road safety initiative, Orange City Council has started installing a network of traffic 'blisters' at problem-intersections around Orange.

    The corners were chosen because of their high number of road accidents.

    At each selected corner, a mix of traffic 'blisters' that stretch out into the road-way has been installed alongside pedestrian refuge islands.



    SAFER : Find out how to make the most of the extra safety features of traffic blisters in Orange by watching this quick video clipThe new system of traffic signs, refuge islands and blisters has been funded by the Australian Government through its 'Black Spot' program.

    The blisters are designed so that :

    • a driver, turning into the way of passing traffic, will stop further out into the wide streets of Orange then previously. This gives a much clearer view of oncoming cars.
    • the narrower path between the blister and a refuge island in the middle of the road, gives a clearer indication of where a turning car should aim.
    • the narrower 'lane' between the blister and the centre traffic island also slows the speed of passing traffic, reducing the chance of accidents.

    As well as the advantages for cars, the blisters and refuge islands are also much safer for pedestrians.

    By starting their journey across the road, already well out into the roadway and having a safe place to pause in the middle of the road, an elderly pedestrian or someone with a pram is out amongst the traffic for a much shorter time.

    Delays at intersections?


    There's been some good feed-back about whether Orange's new system of traffic blisters will slow the traffic that's turning into main roads from side streets.

    This quick clip shows how it could work once drivers get used to the new blisters.


    Traffic blisters : They’re safer for pedestrians, safer for cars, safer for drivers.

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  • Traffic impact changes for new roundabout

    5 months ago
    Woodward roundabout sign


    29 May 2017

    Orange City Council’s construction of a new roundabout at the corner of Moulder and Woodward Streets is making progress with a new round of temporary changes to traffic-flow now under way at the site.

    The new roundabout is being built by Orange City Council with $635,000 funding from the Australian Government’s Black Spot program. The intersection was chosen because of its accident record.

    Orange City Council’s Infrastructure Committee chair, Cr Glenn Taylor, is pleased with the project’s signs of progress.

    “Previously the traffic in Woodward Street was channeled into two lanes on the eastern side of the... Continue reading


    29 May 2017

    Orange City Council’s construction of a new roundabout at the corner of Moulder and Woodward Streets is making progress with a new round of temporary changes to traffic-flow now under way at the site.

    The new roundabout is being built by Orange City Council with $635,000 funding from the Australian Government’s Black Spot program. The intersection was chosen because of its accident record.

    Orange City Council’s Infrastructure Committee chair, Cr Glenn Taylor, is pleased with the project’s signs of progress.

    “Previously the traffic in Woodward Street was channeled into two lanes on the eastern side of the road, while the new roundabout is built on the western side of the road,” Cr Glenn Taylor said.

    “Now the western half of the roundabout has been completed, so the construction site is switching to the eastern half of the intersection. Traffic in Woodward Street has moved to the western half of the road.”

    PROGRESS : Infrastructure Committee chair , Cr Glenn Taylor is pleased with the the latest progress at Orange's newest roundabout.

    “The big difference is that access to that end of Moulder Street has to be completely closed at the Woodward Street intersection. Drivers in Woodward Street now can't turn into Moulder. Drivers in Moulder will be stopped by detour signs at Sampson Street.

    “There are clearly marked detours in place. There’s been letter-box drops for residents and staff have talked face to face with neighbourhood businesses. All these business will be open as usual. We realise there’s going to be inconvenience, but we’re asking for their patience in the interests of the long term value of getting this new roundabout built.”

    “Regular users of that intersection know how long you can sit in Moulder Street waiting for a break in the Woodward Street traffic. That’s why this corner has attracted ‘Black Spot’ funding. Once the roundabout is finished, that’s going to do a lot to ease traffic flow in Moulder Street at that intersection.”

    “Weather permitting that corner will be closed to Moulder Street for four to five weeks, so we’re asking drivers who use that intersection regularly to think ahead and plan for alternative routes.

    VIDEO UPDATE : This was the scene in mid-May as work continued on the new project.




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