Summerland Way

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Project overview

The Summerland Way Draft Corridor Strategy addresses the challenges of road safety, reliability, access, connectivity and maintenance.

Key benefits

  • Supports regional development, economies and community activity
  • Plans to safely and sustainably manage a key east to west freight and transport link
  • Identifies the needs of road users including pedestrians, cyclists and public transport

The Summerland Way Draft Corridor Strategy shows what the current and future challenges are on the road and how we intend to resolve them over the next 20 years.

With the guidance of the strategy, we can work to make the road safer by reducing fatalities and serious injuries in high-risk locations. We can improve travel efficiency by upgrading intersections and increase comfort by managing road assets sustainably.

The Summerland Way works as a key freight link for the timber, cattle farming and meat manufacturing industries. It runs from Grafton through to the south east regions of Queensland via the Mount Lindesay Highway and connects road transport with the Bruxner, Gwydir and Princes Highways.

The draft strategy has been developed under the Road Network and Corridor Planning program by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Roads and Maritime (RM).

Summerland Way Draft Corridor Strategy September 2016 (PDF, 4.72 MB)

Community feedback and local knowledge will be addressed in a community consultation report that will be available when the final strategy is published.

For more information, visit the Roads and Maritime Draft corridors – Northern page.

Project status:

The short-term investment priorities for the Summerland Way Draft Corridor Strategy are:

Access and efficiency on the Summerland Way

  • Construct a new bridge over the Clarence River.
  • Upgrade roads and intersections in Grafton.
  • Gradually widen sealed shoulders and lanes.
  • Make ongoing pavement upgrades south of Casino.
  • Prioritise slope stability and defective culverts in targeted areas, particularly south of the Queensland border.

Safety on the Summerland Way

  • Improve intersections with high crash rates in Grafton, Casino, and Kyogle.
  • Work on curves at the northern end of the corridor.
  • Improve lane guidance and night visibility with painted edge lines where they are missing between Grafton and Casino.
  • Upgrade lines and signage along curves.
  • Create clear zones in high-risk crash areas.
  • Investigate places to pull over between Woodenbong and the Queensland border to create space for rest and heavy vehicle inspections.
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