Forster's Memorial Driver foreshore is getting a makeover

Memorial Drive Park - past Blows Lane.
Memorial Drive Park - past Blows Lane.

Planned work to upgrade Forster’s popular Memorial Drive foreshore, between Blows Lane and Little Street, is are due to start on May 2.

Located in the heart of Forster’s CBD, the stunning foreshore strip caters for those visiting the area for business or shopping, as well as pleasure-seekers looking for a place to exercise or relax and enjoy the view.

The upcoming makeover will provide improved facilities for all, and has been shaped by extensive consultation with local businesses and the Forster community last September.

The upgrade includes a new widened landscape area with a 2.5 metre shared cycleway/footpath along the lake foreshore, installation of new kerb and guttering, paved footpath areas, a new asphalt road surface and parking area and upgraded drainage.

“We’ve worked hard with the local community to deliver improvements that cater for everyone, with a focus on using this space to its best advantage,” MidCoast Council engineering and infrasturcture services director, Ron Hartley said.

“The option chosen during consultation retains most of the existing parking, but incorporates additional green space and a pathway from Little Street to the bridge.”

Work is due to beginning on Tuesday,  May 2, and will continue until late July.

Taking place over the quieter cooler months, the project schedule has been designed to minimise inconvenience to businesses and recreational users of the foreshore.

“In the first phase of the works, we’ll work closely with Essential Energy to install infrastructure that reduces the number of power poles and overhead lines in the footpath area,” Mr Hartley said.

There will be no parking in Memorial Drive, from Blows Lane to Little Street during various stages of the work, and traffic control will be in place to manage traffic through the worksite.

Motorists are asked to observe all signage and directions from road crews during this time, and to travel with care in and around the foreshore area.

The work has been funded through the 2016-17 urban road rehabilitation program, and are part of MidCoast Council’s commitment to improving infrastructure throughout the region, Mr Hartley said.

To stay updated on the progress of these works once they begin, visit www.myroadinfo.com.au