Residents highlight faults in construction of Pasminco roundabout, TC Frith Avenue Boolaroo

RESIDENTS have voiced their concerns about the construction of a $9 million roundabout and roadworks at the main entry to Boolaroo and the Pasminco redevelopment that started last week.

Lake Macquarie City Council adopted a revised plan for the former smelter site last month and approvals for a roundabout intersecting TC Frith Avenue and Main Road were finalised two weeks ago.

Pasminco administrator Ferrier Hodgson will pay for and manage the roundabout's construction. The council initially said TC Frith Avenue and Main Road would be closed for short periods of time while the work was carried out.

However, in an about-face that pleased residents, deputy mayor Daniel Wallace last week told a public meeting the council had addressed the community's concerns and the roads would remain open.

Boolaroo army disposal store owner Stan Kiaos said businesses along Main Road were concerned about access during construction.

Locals have also raised concerns about the roundabout's design.

Boolaroo Action Group spokesman Jim Sullivan said the planned pedestrian access across TC Frith Avenue to the railway station was inadequate.

Lake Macquarie mayor Jodie Harrison said this was a Roads and Maritime Services responsibility because it was a state road, but the council would work with the RMS to ensure safe pedestrian access.

When finished, the roundabout will allow for single-lane access into Boolaroo, with two exit lanes out of the town.

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