The wait is almost over.
No, not Christmas. And no, the bypass hasn’t yet been fully funded.
But after a long, drawn-out works program, and a request for works to be over and done with, the new-look Verney Rd is nearly done, with traffic open in both directions.
The third stage of works are ‘‘substantially complete’’, Greater Shepparton City Council confirmed yesterday.
Tired of continuing works to Verney Rd, the community had earlier this year asked the council to crack on and get the works finished.
At the time the works were estimated to be finished mid-year, pending a wet winter.
The Stage 3 works started in March after more than $2million for the final stage was awarded by the council.
At the time, the council had said residents sent a clear message to press on with works.
Councillors at the time said the council had heard the community’s desire for the project to be finished ‘‘loud and clear.’’
Council’s new city engineer Phil Hoare yesterday said increased traffic seen along the stretch of road between Balaclava and Ford Rds had required significant works, in part aiming to cater for future residential developments.
‘‘This additional traffic had adversely affected the state of the road.
‘‘Council progressively undertook extra maintenance works. However, the road surface continued to deteriorate,’’ he said.
The staged approach had aimed to limit closures.
Stage 3 was completed at a cost of $2.47 million, part funded by the Federal Government.
‘‘We appreciate everyone’s patience during the works. We understand it caused an inconvenience to residents in the area and to those that use the road,’’ Mr Hoare added.
‘‘We still have some minor finishing works to do. However, the road is now open to two-way traffic.’’