Works ready for new roundabout

Ian McAlister and Ian Bailey
Ian McAlister and Ian Bailey

THE engineer in charge of construction of a new roundabout in Dubbo's CBD says his team has the work down to a fine art.

Dubbo City Council's Steve Clayton provided assurances that traffic would still flow - albeit with some restrictions - and businesses would be able to continue to trade.

It was a timely message with work at the intersection of Talbragar and Brisbane streets set to begin on March 4.

Tree planting in Brisbane Street in late May.

The civil infrastructure manager was confident the six-month project would run quite smoothly, thanks to careful planning.

"The major issue has always been disruption to traffic and businesses so we've learnt a lot over the years on how to minimise that," Mr Clayton said.

The council recently held an information session for neighbouring property owners and managers to reiterate the plans and familiarize them with the works schedule.

About six interested members of the public had attended.

Each was keen to clarify what letters had already explained.

And there had been no specific concerns raised that the council could not address, Mr Clayton said.

Each business would be affected differently, depending on its location, but they would try to keep the area functioning as close to normal as possible, he said.

"It's going to be a six-month project, which is lengthy, but not all businesses will be impacted for all that time," he said.

Weather was "always an unknown factor" but the planning had assumed there would be some rainy days.

"We've tried to make some allowance for it in the scheduling," Mr Clayton said.

The project was one step ahead because the big stormwater pipes were put down last year.

The remaining drainage did not have to go down as deep, which meant it would be quicker and less work room was required, Mr Clayton said.

The council has drawn up a schedule of works that includes three stages.

The first stage, due to be completed in late May, will concentrate on the northern sides of Talbragar and Brisbane streets.

During that time there will be no right turn for eastbound or westbound traffic from Talbragar Street to Brisbane Street.

Access to Hawkins Lane and an off-street car-park will be via Macquarie and Darling Streets only.

Electronic notice boards have been placed in vicinity to advise motorists.

The council undertook to provide businesses with regular updates.

It has assured those businesses in the area would remained briefed as works forge ahead.


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