Road works spring up across city before winter comes

A series of road upgrades across the city begin on Monday 15 February and continue with a new location every day for the next six days.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said it was great to see so many road building projects happening.

“We know the warmer weather is the best time to get road seals on so the team is going to get as many roads done as they can before it starts to cool down,” Cr Kidd said.

“Roadworks can be frustrating for motorists and residents but they are necessary, and the end result will be a much better outcome for everyone.”

WHILE THE SUN SHINES: Hot mix asphalt is applied to the intersection of Cecil and Gardiner roads.

The Gardiner Road/Cecil Road intersection will open to traffic on Friday 12 February as a contractor finishes the hot-mix asphalt during the course of the morning. This intersection had been undergoing a safety upgrade for the last six weeks.

On Monday hot-mix asphalt is being laid at the Green Lane and Coronation Drive intersection. This intersection will be closed between Coronation Drive and Hill Crest Avenue, with detours in place via Wiare Circuit and Noonameena Drive. Coronation Drive will be open.

Orange City Council’s Infrastructure Chair Jeff Whitton said Council was taking advantage of contractor availability and scheduling roadworks concurrently.

“It is a huge financial benefit to ratepayers to have all of these jobs line-up one after the other while this specialist equipment is in the city,” Cr Whitton said.

“It also means we can get to as many of these projects as possible before the weather cools and we have to wait another six or eight months.”

Straight after the Green Lane upgrade, contractors will head to the Prince Street and Anson Street intersection on Tuesday. Here, the team will put hot-mix asphalt on the parking lanes in Prince Street and the intersection. This busy street will be open but under traffic control during the day.

The Anson Street and Margaret Street intersection is the target for Wednesday with hot-mix asphalt works to partially close the intersection for one day. Margaret Street will be closed on both sides of the Anson Street Intersection with a detour via Fox Avenue, Matthews Avenue and Jubilee Avenue. Anson Street will be reduced to one lane, under traffic control.

Sale Street between Byng Street and March Street is the target for Thursday. This section will be partially closed with one lane of traffic open and under traffic control.

Friday brings the team to Moulder Street between Anson Street and Sale Street, which will be under traffic control before the team heads to Peisley Street between Franklin Road and Gardiner Road on Saturday.

All work is dependent on the weather.

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