First stage of action to address long-running road and drainage issues on Singleton’s Kelso Street

After decades of discussions and strong community demands for action to address road and drainage issues on Singleton’s Kelso Street, a $1.5 million project is set to get underway in the first of a three-phase approach to address the issue.

The scope of works includes the renewal of the road pavement, stormwater drainage upgrade, construction of footpath, kerb and gutter installation, water main replacement and implementation of a 5t load limit which is slated to commence in January 2021.

The design was a result of extensive community consultation on concept options and was endorsed by Council in February 2019. Works have been scheduled to commence in January to minimise disruption to residents by enabling greater planning time and avoiding the Christmas shutdown period.

Singleton Council took the first step in launching the project by awarding the tender to Moorecivil Pty Ltd at its ordinary meeting on 19 October 2020.

Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr, Council’s Director Infrastructure and Planning, said Council and the contractors would be in contact with the impacted residents to keep them informed about what was happening throughout the duration of works, including  information sessions in November and December 2020.

“The issues affecting Kelso and surrounding streets have a long history stemming from the absence of drainage infrastructure that results in flooding for residential properties,” he said.

“Council appreciates the frustration experienced by residents and after years of discussions and possible solutions, it’s great to finally see some action on the ground.

“It’s important to note that this is the first stage in a longer-term project and while these works will help to improve the situation, it will not solve all flooding issues.

“Stages 2 and 3 are planned to occur across three years and will involve installation of a large underground stormwater well with a pumping system. These stages are currently the subject of preliminary design, investigation and costing.”

Mr Fitzpatrick-Barr said Council was also mindful of the sensitivities around the location.

“Council is committed to keeping neighbouring residents informed about the Stage one project, and we will be inviting people to meet with us directly to talk about the works and to ask questions at information sessions in November and December 2020,” he said.

“Council and the contractor will also be working as hard as possible to minimise the impacts on neighbours, including road closures, while the first stage works are in progress.

“We are working closely with the Dunn family in relation to the Harry Dunn Memorial.”

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