Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead today announced planning will get underway immediately to ease congestion and improve connectivity across Forster-Tuncurry bridge.

Mr Bromhead said the Nationals in government will investigate current traffic volumes, peak travel times and flow across the bridge, which links Forster and Tuncurry, the two central business districts, as well as future demands and growth in the area.

“We will look at options that could improve connectivity, travel times and safety for motorists in Forster and Tuncurry,” Mr Bromhead said.

Mr Bromhead said the bridge forms a critical connection point between the two communities.

“It is important that we plan for the efficient movement of traffic across the river now and into the future,” Mr Bromhead said.

“Talking to locals I understand that congestion in this area is a concern for many, we will look at ways on how we can effectively ease congestion in both towns, providing more reliable travel times”

“This includes looking at the performance of intersections along Manning and Head Streets and the feasibility of providing additional traffic lanes across the river”

Roads and Maritime Services will consult with the community during the investigation and understand priorities to inform the outcomes of the study.

A working group will be established by Roads and Maritime and the community will be invited to provide their input into this process.

The investigations will commence shortly and will be complete by the second half of 2019.