A $1.7 MILLION project to seal two roads to the south of Bathurst will give cyclists and motorists an alternative route into Bathurst during upcoming flood mitigation works.
The final 2.5 kilometres of Gormans Hill Road was sealed to the intersection of Lagoon Road recently in a $1.5 million project.
A one kilometre section of O'Regans Road, between Lagoon Road and Perthville, was completed at a cost of $200,000 last month.
The projects were completed thanks to Bathurst Regional Council applying for a federal government grant.
Mayor Graeme Hanger said the sealed roads would be vital for motorists during the upcoming flood mitigation works at Perthville.
“The timeframe for the closure of the Perthville Bridge as part of the flood mitigation works in Perthville has not been finalised as the contractors are currently seeking the relevant approvals,” he said.
Bathurst Cycling Club president Mark Simons welcomed the works, saying it will give cyclists more options.
"I think what it does from a cycling perspective, not just for locals but also visitors, is to create a few more loops," he said.
Until now, Mr Simons said, most cyclists will ride along Vale Road between Bathurst and Perthville.
But the newly sealed roads will let riders complete a loop between the city and the village.
"From the club's point of view we are mindful of reducing our footprint in any one area," he said of Vale Road.
"Unless you're a cyclist, you don't realise we're [Bathurst] in a bowl. The Vale Road ride is a nice, easy road."
The club's road co-ordinator for races Ryan O'Donnell said the club has already had approval to race the new loop circuit the newly-sealed roads have created.
"This is the first time for this circuit; it'll be on in the final quarter of the year," he said.
Mr O'Donnell said now that the roads have been sealed it will encourage cyclists not to take the Vale Road as they travel to and from Perthville.
"It'll be better for everyone, including the motorists, and it'll give us more variety," he said.