Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Cal­imo upgrades started

- Murray River Council

Upgrades to Cal­imo Rd have al­ready started, and will con­tinue in fu­ture years.

Mur­ray River Coun­cil con­firmed the project af­ter a com­mu­nity led cam­paign to im­prove safety on the road was launched last week.

The com­bined land­hold­ers are lob­by­ing the coun­cil to make the road ‘‘weath­er­proof’’ af­ter two car crashes within days of each other a week ear­lier.

The land­hold­ers say the road con­di­tions have con­trib­uted to a num­ber of crashes in re­cent years, and that school buses had even be­come bogged on the road.

Mur­ray River Coun­cil di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions and ma­jor pro­jects Scott Bar­ber said while there is no pro­posal to com­pletely trans­form the road, he did say ‘‘the sit­u­a­tion will be im­proved’’.

‘‘We have been made aware of the road and started works to im­prove it in June,’’ he said.

‘‘Since then we have done 7km to 8km of re-sheet­ing and main­te­nance grad­ing. We have mixed in, where ap­pro­pri­ate, poly­tah which is a chem­i­cal used to help har­den the sur­face and make it more durable into the fu­ture.

‘‘One sec­tion of the road did have a higher per­cent­age of clay which made it slip­pery, so we went back and blended in more sand to make it a bet­ter sur­face, which will help.

‘‘We are also putting in a crushed rock bus turn­around to give them bet­ter ac­cess in wet weather.’’

Mr Bar­ber said no other im­prove­ments have been planned for Cal­imo Rd in the short term, but that con­tin­ued road im­prove­ments would be con­sid­ered in an­nual fu­ture works pro­grams.

Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to email coun­cil on ad­min@mur­ or phone them on 1300 087 004 to re­port dam­aged roads and con­cerns you may have.

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