Cole Rd extension to see big increase in traffic

ROAD TO SOMEWHERE: Tamworth Regional Council’s Jackie Kruger casts her eye over the Cole Rd extension project. Cole Rd will no longer be a dead end when it opens to traffic on Monday following extensive roadworks. Photo: Barry Smith 250714BSB03

ROAD TO SOMEWHERE: Tamworth Regional Council’s Jackie Kruger casts her eye over the Cole Rd extension project. Cole Rd will no longer be a dead end when it opens to traffic on Monday following extensive roadworks. Photo: Barry Smith 250714BSB03

A QUIET Tamworth street is set to get a whole lot busier when a much-anticipated road extension opens next week.

Cole Rd, which has been a dead-end street since its construction, will be linked with Gunnedah Rd from 10am on Monday.

The large-scale roadworks were funded out of a $10 million federal community building grant from the previous Labor government.

Tamworth Regional Council has conducted a letterbox drop of the neighbourhood to ensure parents are aware of the changed traffic conditions.

Council’s planning and community services director Jackie Kruger said it was imperative residents understood there would be a marked increase in traffic. 

“We are asking parents to talk to their little ones about how to stay safe near roads with lots of cars,” Ms Kruger said. 

“Pet owners are being asked to make sure their animals are kept fenced in so they are not able to run onto roads.”

The second stage of the Cole Rd extension, from Green St to Flemming Cr, is well advanced and expected to be finished next month. The funding includes construction of a new youth centre in Centenary Park and a 58-block affordable-housing subdivision.

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