Golconda Rd upgrade project underway

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The City of Launceston will this week begin construction on a $2m Black Spot upgrade of Golconda Rd, north of Lilydale.

The Federal Government has committed $400,000 towards the project under its Black Spot Program.

The project will involve road widening, resealing and safety upgrades on a 3km section of Golconda Rd between Bacala Rd and Denison Gorge Rd.

The work will be completed in stages to minimise traffic disruptions. However, motorists are advised that traffic will be reduced to one lane at times, and short delays may occur.

The project is expected to take about four months to complete, weather depending.

The Golconda Rd project is part of the City of Launceston’s Accelerated Capital Works Program, an initiative of the Community Care and Recovery Package, Tasmania’s largest local government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over five years the program will bring forward a range of targeted infrastructure upgrade and improvement projects across the municipality, aimed at sparking new economic activity and employment opportunities. The program is designed to be agile, allowing the Council to bring forward necessary community projects, while also weighing demands on the local construction industry to ensure value for money.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the Golconda Rd upgrade works would significantly improve safety for all road users, ensuring better delineation and surfacing.

“This project will provide much-needed safety and sightline improvements on this section of Golconda Rd, including a better road surface, signage, line marking and guard rails ” Mayor van Zetten said.

“The City of Launceston is grateful to have received funding support from the Federal Government’s Black Spot program to undertake the work, and pleased we’ve been able to bring it forward under the Council’s accelerated capital works program.

“We look forward to seeing the project completed later this year.”

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