Road upgrades have resumed
Upgrade works on the Nagambie-Locksley Rd have recommenced this week, following significant delays due to weather conditions, the need to relocate Telstra Services at the site and the revision of the original project plan.
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,’’ Community Assets group manager Jeff Saker said.
‘‘The new design has been completed and we have now resumed works.
‘‘I would 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 about 1.3 km of the NagambieLocksley Rd east of the intersection.
Nagambie-Locksley Rd provides a crucial link between the towns of Nagambie, Locksley, Longwood and Euroa, and to the surrounding farming and agricultural land uses.
The works will enable larger vehicles to turn in a separate designated lane and utilise 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.