More works underway in Mitchell

The intersection of Wellington and Queen streets in Wallan will be part of works to Wellington Street, which include an upgrade the road surface, a new footpath and improved drainage.

CONSTRUCTION will continue in Wellington Street, Wallan, and O’Gradys Road, Kilmore, as Mitchell Shire Council hopes safety is improved for road users and pedestrians.

Wellington Street will be transformed to support movement by vehicles and pedestrians as Wallan Town Centre Revitalisation Project works begin, set to upgrade the road surface, build a new footpath, and improve drainage.

It is hoped the project will positively impact the longevity and life of Wallan’s road network and footpath infrastructure.

Safety for all road users and pedestrians will see a boost from the works including kerb and channelling works; road reconstruction from Watson Street to Queen Street, including the

Queen Street intersection; a new footpath east of Wellington Street; improved drainage; and indented parking.

If the weather allows, council expects the works will be complete by January 2021.

It is expected there will be traffic delays during the construction period and road users are reminded by council to obey all traffic instructions and to drive safely.

The $1.1 million works are fully funded by Regional Development Victoria.

Works will continue in Kilmore at the O’Gradys Road and Kilmore East Road intersection, near the railway station and underpass, including two new streetlights and a new T-intersection to improve safety for drivers.

The works are expected to be completed in November.

Kilmore East Road will also be lowered at the railway bridge to provide smoother and safer road surface to benefit trucks and other large vehicles.

Kerb and channel works were completed last month, and asphalting took place last week – improved drainage will help to keep vehicles safe in times of heavy rainfall and storms.

The State Government funded $975,000 for the intersection and lighting project, while council contributed $268,000 to the upgrades, and $180,000 to the lower road.

Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Cr David Lowe said there was limited activity on the roads, which gave an opportunity for the essential projects to continue.

“A growing shire needs a good road network and we strive to keep our network in safe condition. We are pleased that we can deliver these projects at a time that is causing little disruption,” he said.

“Please adhere to all changed speed limits and obey traffic management for your safety and the safety of roadside workers.

“Council works in partnership with the State Government on a number of roads projects. This collaboration has allowed a number of the shire’s roads to be improved for our growing population.”