Southern Feeder Road Stage 2 Construction
At present the backfilling of abutments is taking place which involves the construction of a reinforced earth wall (RSW) incorporating steel straps back into the compacted soil. Once complete this work will facilitate the bridge construction over the railway line.
Asphalting of Edward Street and the SFR east of the bridge is anticipated to occur on 22 November. This will allow the traffic lights on the Elsham Avenue / Blowes Road intersection to be removed over Christmas.
Work is continuing at the Huntley Road, Elsham Avenue and McNeilly Avenue tie-ins. Works are expected to be completed within the first half of the new calendar year.
Summer Street Festoon Lighting
A small dedicated team of Council staff lead by Ben Brennan have done a great job this last week replacing the festoon lighting to LED lighting. This lighting will save on energy consumption as well as being a more reliable fitting, saving on future replacement costs.
Tenders close on Monday 25 November for the construction of the proposed Shiralee sewer. The new work extends the sewer infrastructure from Endeavour Park to the proposed Southern Feeder Road alignment (Park Road) largely following Shiralee Creek. Council has executed an infrastructure licence with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to facilitate a rail underbore on the Orange to Parkes railway line and agreement has been reached with the two landholders affected by the alignment. It is anticipated that physical works will commence early in the new calendar year.
Astill Drive Pound
As previously reported the excavation work for the stormwater and concrete slab exposed significant naturally occurring asbestos (NOA). As such the floor level of the pound was raised slightly to minimise excavation.
At present boxing is in place in preparation for the slab pour which is expected to occur in early December.
Shiralee Stormwater Basins
Council has engaged engineering consultants Cardno to design the nine stormwater basins required in Shiralee for stormwater management through Local Government procurement.
Some of the basins will have a wet bottom to sustain habitat, others will be a normal dry floor basin. One will be a sporting field. The designs incorporate the structural design of the dam walls and spillways and require a geotechnical investigation at the basins’ locations.
The design and construction of the basins are funded through section 7.11 contribution (previously S.94 contributions).