Southern Feeder Road Stage 2 Construction
Piling for the eastern bridge abutments was completed on Wednesday 4 September. 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.
The lower pavement layers of Edward Street and the SFR east of the bridge have been placed in preparation for the final asphalt surface. Kerb and gutter is currently being placed on these areas.
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
Southern Feeder Road Stage 3 Construction
A request for tender was advertised on Tuesday 17 September 2019. The current closing date for tenders is 29 October 2019. It is anticipated that a report on the tender proposals will be put to Council on 19 November 2019 for consideration. As the successful contractor will have to provide quality, environmental and WHS management plans for the project following their engagement, mobilisation is expected to occur next year.
Tenders were advertised on Thursday 24 October 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 Orange to Parkes railway line and agreement has been reached with the two landholders affected by the alignment (separate report to be considered by Council). It is anticipated that physical works will commence early in the new calendar year
Astill Drive Pound
The construction of the new pound on Astill Drive is progressing with all internal storm water in place. Excavation work for the stormwater and concrete slab exposed significant naturally occurring asbestos (NOA). Given early risk assessments identified the possibility of NOA the contractor has been taking appropriate safety precautions including the use of Council’s decontamination unit.
To minimise the impacts of the extra NOA encountered it is intended to raise the floor level slightly. The impacts of the NOA are only expected to delay the project for approximately one week.