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Road repairs to go ahead

Wednesday, 16th January, 2013

This section of Thomas Street is about to undergo repairs to stop the road surface from falling apart. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt This section of Thomas Street is about to undergo repairs to stop the road surface from falling apart. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By Erica Visser

City Council will start $300,000 worth of roadworks outside the hospital in Thomas Street next week.
The road pavement deteriorated just 18 months after expensive upgrades were carried out.
Countless other capital works and special projects were slashed from this year’s financial budget in a bid to cut Council’s expenditure as it prepares to pay $7m to mining company Perilya after it won a land valuation case.
But Mayor Wincen Cuy said yesterday that the roadworks would go ahead because Council had already signed the contracts.
“We’ve only cancelled work that hasn’t started. If you’re already committed to something, you have to go through with it,” he told the BDT.
“We are committed to it and it’s about our contractual obligations.”
Drainage at the roadworks site, between Bromide and Chloride streets, is set to begin next Wednesday.
The subsurface drainage was not installed when the road upgrade was originally completed in 2009, because at the time “there was nothing to suggest” it was needed, according to Council’s Manager of Infrastructure, Paul DeLisio.
Mr DeLisio said the need for it became apparent after the heavy and frequent rainfall in the years 2009 to 2012.
“The subsurface drainage will reduce the risk of sub surface water undermining the base of the road and so minimise further deterioration of the road surface,” he said.
“This is a high priority project and it has been approved in accordance with the budget.”
Mr DeLisio said that once completed, the work should fix the problem of the road deteriorating.
“Our advice is that the installation of the drainage will minimise the risk of that happening,” he said.
Council has also warned hospital visitors that parking bays in the block may not be available during the work, which is scheduled to finish in April.
“Council regrets that the construction will affect the traffic movements and parking in the area and I take this opportunity to thank residents and motorists in anticipation of their understanding and patience as work is undertaken to improve the Thomas Street road surface,” said Council’s General Manager Frank Zaknich.
The work will take place between 6am and 6pm on weekdays, depending on the weather.
Any queries regarding the project should be directed to Himan Jayasundara, Project Manager, or Steve Walsh, Asset Manager, on 8080 3362.

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