$1m to be spent on Merivale St upgrade

$1m to be spent on Merivale St upgrade

Plans for the Merivale Street upgrade.

Work is set to commence on the reconstruction of Merivale Street in Tumut’s CBD on January 30.

The works will include improvements to the road pavements, kerb and guttering, pedestrian facilities and landscaping for the street.

The project will see an investment of around $1m in transport infrastructure for the town, through joint funding under the Federal Governments Roads to Recovery program and Snowy Valleys Council.

Snowy Valleys Council’s Acting Director Engineering Services, Matthew Christensen said the work planned for Merivale Street will be consistent with that completed in Russell and Fuller Streets in 2016.

“The Merivale Street upgrade will see a big improvement to the road surface of a similar quality to Russell and Fuller Street upgrade, providing improved infrastructure and amenity for the community” said Mr. Matthew Christensen.

“Given the disruption that these works typically cause to the community and local businesses, we are getting the word out early to the community about what our plans are, who will be affected and the timing of the project,” Mr. Christensen added.

These disruptions involve the management of traffic through the area during the construction period, and the continuing access to local businesses and residents during the work.

“There will be changed traffic and parking conditions during the works, where access to businesses and residents will be temporarily affected.

However, construction planning has been developed in such a manner that the project will be completed in four stages, limiting the lengths of road required to be cordoned off at any one time, and limiting any extra pedestrian walking distance to businesses to the absolute minimum,” advised Mr. Christensen.

Letters detailing the construction stages and plans were forwarded to all affected businesses and residents before Christmas, heralding the beginning of a localised consultation period on the project.

Council has not received any feedback from affected residents or businesses to date.

“We’ll continue to keep the community up to date on progress with each stage through the local radio, paper and social media and we will always respond to email or phone enquiries or we can organise a meeting,” said Mr Christensen.

Copies of the project plans are on the website www.snowyvalleys.nsw.gov.au.

Council remains committed to taking community ideas and suggestions onboard to ensure that the project is a success with minimum delays and disruption.

Works are estimated to be completed by early April 2017, however the final asphalt seal and landscaping works will not be completed until spring.

Feedback and questions from the community regarding this project is encouraged, and can be made through email at [email protected] or by calling (02) 6941 2555.