Nagambie-Locksley Rd upgrade resumes
UPGRADE works on the Nagambie-Locksley Road have recommenced following significant delays due to weather conditions, the need to relocate Telstra services at the site and the revision of the original project plan.
Strathbogie Shire group manager community assets, Jeff Saker, said wet weather had created some delays and culvert works revealed a lack of existing crushed rock pavement in parts of the road.
“As a result of this finding, the design needed to be revised to strengthen the road, with an increase in the depth of pavement to better carry heavy traffic,” Mr Saker said.
“The new design has been completed and we have now resumed works.
“I’d like to thank the community for their ongoing patience during this delay and look forward to delivering on this project which we hope to complete in early 2019, subject to weather conditions.”
The works include the construction of an additional left turning lane at the intersection and the pavement rehabilitation of approximately 1.3km of the Nagambie-Locksley Road east of the intersection.
Nagambie-Locksley Road provides a crucial link between Nagambie, Locksley, Longwood and Euroa, and to the surrounding farming and agricultural land uses.
Mr Saker said the works will enable larger vehicles to turn in a separate designated lane and use a firm section of road without damaging goods and reduce the likelihood of rear and head on collisions with turning traffic.
The project is funded through a $500,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Local Roads to Market Program and a Strathbogie Shire Council contribution of $573,275.
The Local Roads to Market Program aims to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the agriculture sector by upgrading roads, bridges and intersections that are regularly used by large and heavy vehicles.