Motorists will soon have 3.5 million reasons to smile, with work to start in the New Year on the next stage of the Manilla Road upgrade at Tamworth.


A new roundabout will be built at the Marius Street intersection as well as a road shoulder on the northbound side of Manilla Road between Marius and Jewry streets.


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the NSW Government has provided $3.5 million for the much-needed upgrade to one of Tamworth’s busiest and most important roads.


“The upgrade will improve safety and traffic efficiency, provide more reliable travel times and better access for pedestrians,” Mr Anderson said.


“Significant changes to traffic conditions will be in place from 8 January next year to allow for work on the upgrade to be carried out as safely and efficiently as possible.


“These changes include closing access in and out of Marius Street from Peel Street for the duration of this stage of the upgrade.


“Traffic will also be reduced to one lane in each direction on Manilla Road with a 40 km/h speed limit in place for the safety of the community.”


“The work is a case of short term pain for long term gain and the community is thanked in advance for its patience and understanding,” said Mr Anderson.


“Electronic messaging signs will be in place in advance to warn motorists of the changed traffic conditions while work takes place.”


Work on the upgrade is expected to take about seven months to complete, weather permitting. The community will be kept informed.

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