Council Works – Week ending 02 August 2019

“For the week ending 02 August, the following key works were completed by Council staff”, noted Council’s Mayor, Cr. Ray Thompson.

“Within the urban Lithgow area last week, Council staff have worked towards the completion of the gravel resheeting of Hassans Walls Lookout Road,” said Mayor Thompson. “This project is nearing completion and is expected to improve the driveability of reduce ongoing maintenance of this asset,” said Mayor Thompson. “Alongside this work, staff have also completed footpath repairs on Tweed Road, Methven Street, Amiens Street and Laurence Street. Works are also ongoing for the construction of the approaching footpaths for the new pedestrian bridge over Farmers Creek.”

“In the last week Council’s rural works staff have continued their focus on the maintenance of sealed roads,” noted Mayor Thompson. “However, this week staff have aimed to complete larger sealing jobs to ensure that road surfaces are re-laid and therefore fixed permanently. With this in mind, staff have completed minor road seals on Back Cullen Road and Kiln Street (Portland) and Cary Avenue and Lidsdale Street (Wallerawang). The remainder of Council’s rural works staff have been working towards the preparation of Cuthill Road, Hampton and Hazelgrove Road, Tarana, for seal in the coming months. These two projects represent over 8.9 kilometres of road sealing.”

“Last week, it was reported that a number of asphalt resealing projects were in progress, scheduled for completion by the end of the week,” said Mayor Thompson. “However, unanticipated issues caused unavoidable delays to two of these projects. There is a small patch on Enfield Avenue that was not able to be completed due to a leak in the newly constructed water main. This caused saturation of the underlying pavement which was identified when the seal was removed. Contractors will return to asphalt seal this area and in the meantime, Council will lay a temporary bitumen seal to eliminate dust and requirements for ongoing maintenance,” said Mayor Thompson.

“Lastly, John Street was not able to be sealed as expected,” explained Mayor Thompson. “While Council completed Dial Before You Dig plans for the work, hand excavation found that the gas services were approximately 20mm below the surface of the road which was not explained on the received plans. Council was not satisfied with sealing over infrastructure without sufficient cover and hence, chose to postpone the works. The relevant authority will be contacted to replace their gas infrastructure. Thankfully, no services were damaged as a result of this investigation and postponing the project slightly will result in a satisfactory outcome for the residents of John Street.”

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