High­way up­grade to cause de­lays

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS -

No­to­ri­ous pot­holes on Al­bany High­way out­side the town cen­tre could be a thing of the past once planned up­grades get un­der way this week.

Mo­torists are be­ing ad­vised to pre­pare for de­lays to traf­fic on the high­way from now un­til late March, as 1.2km of Al­bany High­way be­tween Mace­don Street and Barker Road is resur­faced.

The left-hand lane head­ing into Al­bany will be closed for the nine week­days be­tween Jan­uary 7 and Jan­uary 18, while the left-hand lane leav­ing Al­bany will be closed from Jan­uary 21-27 and 30-31.

Dur­ing this pe­riod Al­bany High­way will be re­stricted to three lanes.

City of Al­bany ex­ec­u­tive di­rec- tor of in­fras­truc­ture and en­vi­ron­ment Matthew Thom­son said the road would not be en­tirely closed at any time.

He said one lane would al­ways be open on the side be­ing up­graded.

“We need to take ad­van­tage of the warm, dry months to get the work done with as lit­tle im­pact on the com­mu­nity as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“Our pri­or­ity has been to main­tain traf­fic flow at re­duced speeds and en­sure busi­nesses along the high­way are still ac­ces­si­ble.”

Ac­cess to the streets Mace­don, Lion, Hal­i­fax, Ash­well, Vic­to­ria, John­son and Barker Road will be pe­ri­od­i­cally re­stricted dur­ing the up­grades, with the City rec­om­mend­ing mo­torists plan al­ter­na­tive routes.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

City of Al­bany di­rec­tor of in­fras­truc­ture and en­vi­ron­ment Matt Thomp­son at the Al­bany High­way road­works.

The road­works will take place be­tween Mace­don Street and Barker Road.

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