Drys­dale up­grade ahead of time

Geelong Advertiser - - TAKE TWO - PETER BEGG

WORK on the Drys­dale stormwa­ter drainage up­grade is ahead of sched­ule, with com­ple­tion expected in early De­cem­ber.

City chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Grif­fin said the project had been pushed ahead as a coun­cil pri­or­ity.

‘‘ It is an ex­pen­sive project, with a bud­get of around $2.5 mil­lion to cover the cost of lay­ing around 1km of new, large-di­am­e­ter stormwa­ter drainage pipes, and the in­stal­la­tion of a num­ber of high ca­pac­ity drainage pits,’’ he said.

Mr Grif­fin said that as part of the orig­i­nal sub­di­vi­sion back in the mid­dle of last cen­tury, the pri­vate de­vel­op­ers had in­stalled stormwa­ter drainage in ac­cor­dance with the stan­dards of the time, which was now in­ad­e­quate for the task.

He said be­cause of the shape of the land there, the ex­ca­va­tions for the new drainage ex­tended in some ar­eas to a depth of more than 7m.

‘‘ This has posed a num­ber of chal­lenges for the project en­gi­neers, but these have been over­come, and the dis­rup­tion to the lo­cal res­i­dents and traders has been kept to the low­est lev­els pos­si­ble,’’ he said.

‘‘Some road clo­sures have been nec­es­sary, but these have been kept to an ab­so­lute min­i­mum.’’

The chief ex­ec­u­tive said that with the ex­ca­va­tions pro­gress­ing i n 50m blocks, the af­fected sec­tions of road­way had been fully re­opened as soon as each 50m sec­tion was com­pleted.

‘‘ We an­tic­i­pate that the new drainage pipes, mea­sur­ing be­tween 1m and 1.2m in di­am­e­ter, w i l l be more t han ca­pa­ble of cop­ing with the fu­ture flood flows gen­er­ated by ex­treme rain events,’’ he said.

Mr Grif­fin paid trib­ute to the pa­tience and co- op­er­a­tion of lo­cal res­i­dents and traders.

He said the res­i­dents and traders had ac­knowl­edged the im­por­tance of the project and had done ev­ery­thing they could to work around it.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive said plans were near­ing com­ple­tion for some new land­scap­ing to be car­ried out in the ar­eas where the ex­ca­va­tions had taken place.

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