Half a million dollars worth of asphalt resurfacing will forge ahead from Monday to fix the failing surface on one of Shepparton’s five busiest roads.
The rough surface along Shepparton’s busy Archer St is set to be smoothed, making for a less bumpy ride for about 12000 vehicles using it daily.
It follows the condition of the city’s sealed local road network being handed a poor result in last year’s local government community survey.
Greater Shepparton had received a grade of just 40 out of 100 for local roads in the survey — its worst result in the survey — marking a four index point drop on the previous year.
Failed asphalt will be removed and a new road surface installed at two separate areas between Hayes St and Channel Rd.
Funding was received through the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery program to fix the surface.
Greater Shepparton City Council was pleased to announce the works rolling on from Monday.
But it would not reveal the result it had received for local roads from its latest community satisfaction survey.
However, it had received feedback on the need to improve Archer St in the survey’s last annual result released in June last year.
Resurfacing works had been identified as a part of council’s pavement deterioration and optimal capital works program, and from feedback received through council’s community satisfaction survey.
The Federal Government has funded the impending works.
But the council has said there may be ‘‘minimal additional funds required’’ from the council, which is ‘‘dependent on what is found once works are under way’’.
City engineer Phil Hoare said motorists could expect some delays and were encouraged to use alternate routes where possible.
‘‘Motorists are requested to obey all work site and advisory signage, including traffic controllers, to ensure their own safety and that of road workers,’’ he said.
The council said updates on specific road closures would be provided via VMS boards on location.
‘‘Residents and businesses along the road have been notified by letter,’’ the council said.
The first section of works relates to the section of Archer St between Hayes St and Sutton St.
The second relates to the stretch between Westmorland Cres and Channel Rd.
Mr Hoare said Archer St was one of the five busiest roads in Greater Shepparton with about 12000 vehicles using the route daily and was often identified in community feedback as a priority for works.
‘‘The funding is important for council to be able to upgrade some of our busier roads such as the recently completed Old Dookie Rd,’’ Mr Hoare said.
Temporary bus stops will be set up. Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au for more information.