Roundabout road fix looms
Tuesday, 23rd July, 2013
By Craig Brealey
The busy intersection of Oxide and Lane streets will be closed next week for a big repair job.
The bitumen at the roundabout is worn out and City Council is going to replace it with concrete, but first new water mains have to be laid.
Council said it expected the entire intersection to be closed to all motorists from Sunday, July 28 to Friday August 2 while the pipes are put in.
However, busin-esses, customers and property owners will still be able to reach their properties via temporary u-turn areas in Oxide Street on either side of the roundabout.
The road repair proper will begin on Monday, August 5 and is expected to be completed by Friday, October 4, weather permitting, Council said.
During this time, half of the road will remain open at the intersection for through-traffic along Oxide Street.
Council’s Acting Manager of Infrastructure, Peter Schindler, said that the repair had been on Council’s agenda for a long time.
Council knew that Essential Water wanted to put in the new mains and was just waiting for them to say they were “ready to roll” so that the all work could be done at the same time, he said.
Similar large road works in the past had drawn complaints from business owners about being cut off from their customers, and Mr Schindler said Council was mindful of that.
This time the median strips will have sections cut out of them to let motorists cross the street.
“Each median strip on each side will be cut and the pavers taken out so they can do a turn and get access to the shops and the motel,” Mr Schindler said.
One half of the roundabout will also remain open to traffic while the other is being worked on, he said.
The works will also include the partial removal and replacement of the roundabout.
Roadwork and detour signs will be in place for the duration of the job.