Work on the upgrade of Ryan Avenue in Singleton will get underway early in the new year after Singleton Council awarded the construction contract last week to civil contractor KCE.
The $2.9 million project will include:• Rehabilitation and replacement of pavement• Providing new asphalt wearing course• Line marking and signage• Road and pedestrian street lights• Cycleway linkages• Wayfinding signage• New footpaths, kerb and guttering and repair existing damages
The project will be undertaken in three stages starting at the southern end of Ryan Avenue. Stage one roadworks will extend from the intersection of John Street and Ryan Avenue South to the Gowrie Street intersection. Stage two roadworks will run from Gowrie Street to Burns Lane and the final roadworks will run from Burns Lane to Hunter Street.
Landscaping, construction of a footpath on the levee and street light installation will run in parallel with the pavement works.
Site works are due to commence on 11 January 2016 and take approximately six months.
Council is preparing communication for businesses and residents along Ryan Avenue, that may be affected, and arrangements will be made to maintain access to businesses and properties.
Council is not anticipating full road closures of Ryan Avenue of any significant duration.
Council will also work closely with sports groups to ensure ongoing access to the courts and sports fields at Rose Point and Cook Park.
Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen says the NSW Government is supporting the project through its Resources for Regions funding program.
“This important project will improve safety and upgrade the road pavement along Ryan Avenue,” Mr Johnsen says.
“The NSW Government has fully funded this $2.9 million project from the Resources for Regions program, which aims to support regional and rural communities affected by mining, by addressing infrastructure constraints.
“Since its creation, the Resources for Regions program has committed $198 million to many beneficial infrastructure projects across the State.”
Singleton Council Acting General Manager Gary Thomson says the upgrade will complement the work recently completed as part of the town centre revitalisation.
“We will be using a similar landscaping palette, installing six more banner poles like those in John Street, as well as three dual bins and seating,” he says.
“The project also includes revitalising the section of Cook Park enclosed by the carpark next to Burns Lane and will include new paving, picnic tables and landscaping.”
Mr Thomson says awarding the construction contract is an exciting step forward.
“Site works will commence almost exactly one year since construction began on the Town Centre Revitalisation,” he says.
“Our Council has demonstrated it can deliver large capital works projects on time and within budget.
“Council was very impressed by the quality of submissions received during the tender process. We think we have achieved better value for money by choosing to re-tender.
“While it did delay our start date, we think this is a better outcome for our business community and avoids construction work during the busy Christmas period.
“There will be some inconvenience to businesses and the community during the construction period, however, Council will endeavour to mitigate the impacts and work with the contractor to schedule work to minimise disruptions.”