Block two facelift to start next week

As the construction phase moves into block two, paving has commenced on the northern side of block one in the main street upgrade.
As the construction phase moves into block two, paving has commenced on the northern side of block one in the main street upgrade.

Construction on the main street upgrade is set to start in block two next week, Byron Street to Homer Street.

Preliminary works will commence on Monday, while major works within the block will start on Tuesday, June 14.

Construction will commence on the southern side in stages, half a block at a time to minimise inconvenience, with stage one being Byron Street to the Bendigo Bank.

The first priorities will be to locate services and then tree removals. Storm water drainage construction will then commence.

Construction should run at a pace similar to block one, if not a little faster, according to project manager Tim Morris.

“There are things we’ll be able to improve on, having already done it in the first section,” Mr Morris said.

“We’re more confident now then we were 12 months ago, knowing the street conditions and processes and the problems we encountered in block one.

“I think people will be far less apprehensive this time around, seeing what happened in block one and understanding the process a bit better. Hopefully they’ll see that the end result justifies the means.”

Mr Morris said while it’s regrettable trees in the block cannot be preserved, due to age, tree condition and the significant damage to services they will need to be removed.

As with the first block, the work zone will be barricaded off, and there will be provisions for parallel parking where possible.

In the interests of public safety, the pedestrian crossing in front of the old Moses store will be removed during the construction stage.

Meanwhile in the first block, final paving on the higher footpath section on the northern side of the block has commenced and will progress towards Byron Street. The lower section of the footpath, together with disabled ramps, will then be paved.

The road will not be asphalted until both block one and two have been completed. Gundagai Council director of engineering services Ray Graham said it is more economical to complete the two blocks together, and in the meantime sealing will limit dust.

As of April 30, a total of $1,644,821 has been spent on the main street upgrade.

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