Ma­rine Drive work hits mi­nor de­lays

Albany Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

One of Al­bany’s busiest tourist routes, Ma­rine Drive, will re­open in time for Christ­mas af­ter mi­nor de­lays in road­works.

Ma­rine Drive, from the look­out to Flin­ders Pa­rade, has been closed since Oc­to­ber 3 as part of the Mid­dle­ton Beach re­de­vel­op­ment.

Tri­coast Civil has been car­ry­ing out sig­nif­i­cant road­works to re­align Adelaide Ter­race and Fin­ders Pa­rade.

Tri­coast op­er­a­tions man­ager Da­mon Lawrence said the project was orig­i­nally ex­pected to take eight weeks but it would be de­layed by two weeks be­cause of un­fore­seen is­sues.

“We aren’t quite at the half­way mark due to some un­fore­seen is­sues caus­ing de­lays, in­clud­ing the ground con­di­tions un­der the old road and a few mi­nor things that had to be changed. But we are still on track to have it fin­ished in the near fu­ture,” he said. “Our main aim at the mo­ment is to get the road re­opened by Christ­mas.

“We are about five weeks in and ini­tially looked at re­open­ing the roads on Novem­ber 27.

“But at the mo­ment, we are look­ing at an ex­tra two weeks.”

Mr Lawrence said the works had been go­ing well de­spite some early de­lays.

Mr Lawrence said he had re­ceived mostly pos­i­tive feed­back from the pub­lic. “If we didn’t close the roads, it would have taken longer try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate with traf­fic,” he said.

“We are happy to see the job pro­gress­ing and look­ing for­ward to get­ting it fin­ished. Un­for­tu­nately, it won’t be as soon as we hoped but we are still do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to get it done in the short­est time pos­si­ble.”

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Tri­coast op­er­a­tions man­ager Da­mon Lawrence.

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