- Section 8 of Clarence Town Road (south of the intersection of Clarence Town Road and Cemetery Road) has been practically completed, with handrail installation and line marking expected to be completed next week.
- Work is progressing on the installation of safety barriers on Bingleburra Road, under the NSW Government’s Road Safety Programme. All site preparations for railway installation are now complete and the contractors will complete the remaining installation work next week (approximately 1 km left).
- Shoulder expansion and sewer expansion work continues on Bingleburra Road, under a $25 million NSW Government special purpose grant. The project has completed the culvert and shoulder expansions and is now ready to accept new road gravel.
- With road stabilization work completed last week at Graceford Road at the Clements Road junction, the road has been prepared and the bitumen closed this week. When completed, 1.4 kilometers of the road will be upgraded co-financed by the Australian Government’s Black Point Program, the NSW Regional Road Repair Program and council funds.
- This week, essential construction work was completed to install the handrails on the Stroud Hill Road Bridge. The balustrade is scheduled to be installed by the end of this month, after a period of concrete curing. This work is funded under the NSW Government’s Road Safety Programme.
- Summerhill Road rehabilitation work resumed this week, with site clearance and hoeing continuing. These works are funded under the NSW Government’s Local Road Repair Programme.
- Early works will be carried out in the next two weeks for Duke Street and Queen Street, with the relocation of signage, services and alterations.
The $16.44 million wooden bridge replacement program continues under the NSW Government’s Country Bridge Rehabilitation Programme. Recent updates include:
- Preparations are progressing for bridge approaches to the new Hobson Bridge.
- With casting of the deck successfully completed last week, work on the bridge’s infrastructure continues, with the supporting wing walls and mixture protection placed on the new Saxby Bridge.
- Work on the slab of the eastern approach (the Fassi side) of the Bruxner Bridge continued this week, with the formation and laying of the steelwork. Work will begin next week on restarting the upstream bridge damaged in severe weather events in March 2022.
After that, the council’s work crews are preparing to start the road approach works and are targeting the last week of July to open the bridge to traffic, weather permitting.
Community infrastructure upgrades are progressing across the county, with works this week including:
- The Bruyn Park utilities complex, including solar panels for the roofs, water supply and differentials, were delivered and installed. Some final finishing work will be completed in and around the building, and is expected to open to the public in about two weeks. These works are funded by a Hunter Water Corporation grant and a Local Roads and Community Infrastructure grant.
- The demolition of the old Shelton Shed building on Hook Street is progressing, with service cuts completed this week and a quote accepted for demolition work. In accordance with the Council’s decision, the scope of works includes the removal of all structures except for the concrete slab. This will be followed by a major planning exercise to understand the best use (or uses) of this land and driveway.
- This week the off-site fabrication of some building elements for the Gresford Sports Amenities construction project continued. The works are funded by contributions from developers, the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) grant and the Stronger Qatar Communities Fund.
- The Dungog Shire Library upgrade began this week, with a preliminary meeting held with the contractor and site handover. The library upgrade will include more than 188 square meters of additional floor space, which includes a function room and meeting room, new indoor amenities and additional floor space for traditional library activities. For full details visit the council’s website.
- The Bennett Park Picket Fence project achieved practical completion this week, featuring an upgrade to a 1,200mm white powder-coated aluminum picket fence being made available throughout the field. The project was funded under the NSW Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) programme.