Traffic delays and road works for Tamworth, Kootingal, New England Highway

PLAN AHEAD: Short delays will be unavoidable for some motorists, as the road is repaired in Kootingal and Tamworth. Photo: Tanya Lake

PLAN AHEAD: Short delays will be unavoidable for some motorists, as the road is repaired in Kootingal and Tamworth. Photo: Tanya Lake

EXPECT short traffic delays across Tamworth this week, as council and Road and Maritime Service (RMS) crews carry out road maintenance across the area.

Station St in Kootingal will be reduced to one lane for the next six weeks, as Tamworth Regional Council upgrades the road’s stormwater drainage system.

The new system will be constructed between Wagonia Dr and Field Ln, and includes the installation of underground pipes, and the construction of inlet pits, kerbs and gutters.

Work will take place between 6.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, with some Saturday work.

The usual traffic conditions will be restored outside of construction hours.

A council spokesperson said due to the project, there would be some unavoidable “short periods of time” when access to homes and businesses would be restricted.

“However, council’s construction crews on site will liaise with residents and business owners to minimise the impacts,” the council spokesperson said.

Field Ln, Irvine St and Wagonia Dr will be periodically closed, with traffic diverted along Denman Av and Garden St.

Some of Tamworth’s main thoroughfares will also experience delays as crews carry out maintenance work.

There will be partial lane closures along Tamworth’s Manilla Rd on Thursday, January 12, as council crews improve the road surface between Lemon Gums Dr and Carroll Rd.

There will be traffic delays of about five minutes along Armidale Rd, near the intersection with Woodside Rd, and Marius St, between Brisbane and Darling streets, on Friday, January 13. 

The work has been scheduled at night time, between 7pm and 5am, to minimise the impact. On January 11 and 12, NSW Roads and Maritime Services will also carry night work on Goonoo Goonoo Rd.

Next week, from Monday, January 16, there will be delays of up to 15 minutes on the New England Highway north of Armidale.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane for three weeks between Sunnyside and Thunderbolts Cave roads, as RMS crews carry out essential maintenance.