IMPROVEMENTS to traffic flow around North Orange hit a major milestone on Monday with the opening of the link road between Telopea Way and William Maker Drive.
The street, which is a 340-metre extension of Platinum Parade, cost $950,000 to complete, funded from developer contributions.
The bends have been designed to keep traffic speeds down alongside the sporting fields and no parking will be allowed due to expected high pedestrian activity.
Orange City Council infrastructure committee chairman and councillor Glenn Taylor said the logistics of the traffic in North Orange had always been a major problem.
“There’s been only one set road, which is Telopea Way,” he said.
“This road contains a cycleway, it’s fully kerb and guttered, hotmixed, and hotmix of course is a very important part of our road infrastructure from here on.
“This will open up North Orange.”
Mayor John Davis said councillors had committed to the plan when the traffic lights were installed.
“We’d rather be under pressure – it would be awful to have a city that was stagnant and going backwards,” he said.
Cr Taylor said it formed a vital piece of plans for the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) where a roundabout was planned to join Hill Street and William Maker Drive.
“William Maker Drive has to be brought to a level, as you see behind me here, and once that’s completed and the Clergate Road intersection is completed, people will find it a lot easier to get around,” he said.
He said with several state Nationals representatives due to visit Orange on Friday, he wanted them to consider the council’s request to help fund the NDR.
“It’s a pseudo highway now, you only have to stop at an intersection to know how much heavy traffic it’s carrying,” he said.