But wait, there’s more

December 08, 2017

The latest stage of the Welsford St redevelopment is complete.

Greater Shepparton City Council is celebrating the completion of the latest stage in the long and winding Welsford St redevelopment.

And while inroads have been made, there is still more to be done before the project is finished.

Welsford St is open in both directions, following months of road closures and detours.

Stage three — Nixon St to Knight St — is done, but a fourth stage still awaits.

City engineer Phil Hoare said stage four design works, which included the Fryers St intersection, would come next.

A recent council report said tenders had been received for the design of stage four and they were being assessed.

‘‘It’s the final stage in this little link,’’ he said of stage four.

‘‘We may look at (the section) between Fryers St and Sobraon St.

‘‘The overall strategy is to use Welsford St as a connector, a little internal bypass.’’

Stage three involved new drainage, improved pavement and traffic signals, while a right-hand turn option was removed from Knight St into Welsford St to improve traffic flow.

Questions have persisted about the timelines around the project and the level of communication with stakeholders.

Councillors recently aired concerns about a shortage in rival bidders compromising the quality of the work.

The works aim to establish two lanes in both directions, develop Welsford St into a tree-lined boulevard with safer areas for pedestrians to cross with a goal to help develop the street as a major north-south thoroughfare.

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