Road reconstruction works along Wingham’s Isabella Street between Primrose and Dennes Streets are scheduled to start by early June, and will be undertaken in stages over a three month period.
“These important works are part of our commitment to improving the roads that connect our community, and will provide a smoother, safer and more durable driving surface along with improvements to roadside drainage,” said Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, Rob Scott.
“Improving the MidCoast’s large road network is an ongoing challenge. Roads are prioritised for improvements based on a range of factors and included in a planned works program.”
The works will include reconstruction of the road pavement, realignment of kerb and gutter and some stormwater pipe installation over a 300 metre section of the street.
The overall road width will be reduced, allowing new kerb and guttering to be installed and existing gutter bridges removed. This will make it safer for pedestrians and for vehicles entering and exiting properties. It will also result in a widening of nature strips along both sides of the street.
The works are being staged to minimise inconvenience to residents and businesses.
“Beginning on Monday 7 June, we’ll be undertaking stormwater and kerb and gutter works along the length of the section,” said Mr Scott.
“This initial work will take about three to four weeks to complete and require road shoulder closures where we are working. Through traffic movements and residential and business accesses will be maintained.”
The next stage of works will be undertaken between Dennes Street and Queen Street, including the Queen Street intersection. That section of road will be closed to through traffic for around four to five days, with detours in place to divert traffic. Resident access will be maintained.
The following two stages will involve closure of separate parts of Isabella Street between Queen and Primrose Streets. Sections of the road will be closed to through traffic for approximately 11 -13 days, with detours in place to divert traffic. Resident access, along with access to the Coles loading dock, will be maintained.
In the final stage, finishing works such as line marking and turfing will be completed, with no closures required.
All estimated times are dependent on weather, with an overall expected duration of three months, from early June.
This project complements works recently completed on two sections of Primrose Street and the current works at McCullagh Lane carpark.
Other works planned as part of the $100M Road Upgrade package will include roadworks associated with the Wingham CBD masterplan such as the Isabella Street beautification and the Farquhar / Bent Streets intersection improvements.