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Progress at last

Tuesday, 30th September, 2014

Local historian Paul Armstrong at the rapidly deteriorating road to the Line of Lode last year. The repairs site will finally begin on Tuesday next week. Local historian Paul Armstrong at the rapidly deteriorating road to the Line of Lode last year. The repairs site will finally begin on Tuesday next week.

By Erica Visser

Long-awaited repairs to Federation Way are set to begin in a week after City Council spent the past month consulting with an engineer.

Pitted with deep pot holes, a sudden 30-centimetre dip and crumbling edges, the road to the Miners Memorial site has been the subject of public anger.

In May, Council was awarded $675,000 by the State Government to complete the repair of the dangerous road.

The work is expected to begin on Tuesday next week and would take around eight weeks to finish.

Councillor Marion Browne said that it could not have been put off much longer.

"It's well and truly time that the work started and I'm confident that once it's started it will be finished fairly expeditiously," Clr Browne said.

"Access to the Miners Memorial is something the community has an expectation about. I'm very happy about it"

Local historian Paul Armstrong last year put out a call for Council to fix the road, saying it was a danger to tourists.

Mr Armstrong said yesterday that, 18 months on, it was great to see the repairs finally going ahead.

"It's very pleasing that the road's going to be fixed, for safety and aesthetic value, to the great Memorial," he said.

"It's been troublesome that it's been closed to the public but you've got to go through the protocols. At least they are being started and it will boost tourism for sure."

The road has been closed to the public for months following concerns from mining company CBH, which is in the process of relinquishing surface rights.

The repairs will aim to fix three major drops in the road, improve safety at the bend and install drainage to prevent erosion at the edges.

Anyone with concerns regarding the roadwork can call Council's administrative office on 8080 3300.

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