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Grader being used in road construction.

Road rehab in the industrial west

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 8 March 2018

Work is set to start on a $1.966 million road rehabilitation in the West Warrnambool industrial precinct.

The project will include sections of McMeekin Road, Koroit and Giffen streets.

“We’re using the foam bitumen stabilization method which provides a number of benefits,” Director City Infrastructure Scott Cavanagh said.

“It reuses some of the existing roadbase in the pavement, which in turn lowers the quantity of new road building materials required and the cost of carting old material out and new material in.

“It is also a faster process, saves ratepayers about 30 per cent on the cost of more traditional road building techniques and still provides an anticipated life span of 30 to 40 years.”

While the work is under way traffic will be managed through the work zone.

“All businesses will remain accessible while we deliver this project,” Mr Cavanagh said.

“But we do suggest that motorists consider alternative routes in and out of the industrial precinct.

“If you still need to use the roads that are being reconstructed please allow an extra five to 10 minutes travel time.”

Council has written to businesses in the area to advise them of the road upgrade.

“To help facilitate truck movements we have created temporary truck routes along Granter Street and the western end of McMeekin Road between Strong and Granter streets,” Mr Cavanagh said.

Work will begin on March 13 and is expected to be completed towards the end of April.

The project area includes Koroit Street from the western end of the showground to McMeekin Road, Giffen Street from McMeekin Road to just past the Atkins Road intersection, McMeekin Road between Koroit Street and just past the Cooper Street intersection, and Scott Street from McMeekin Road to Strong Street.

The contract for the project was awarded to Stabilised Pavements of Australia.

The project is funded by Warrnambool City Council and the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery program.

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