Upgrade completion allows more work to start

UNDER WAY: The intersection of Clergate Road and the NDR is being resurfaced. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0111jkndr1
UNDER WAY: The intersection of Clergate Road and the NDR is being resurfaced. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0111jkndr1

HOT-mix treatment on a section of the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) will occur at night in a bid to minimise disruption to residents and businesses.

Work began at the Clergate Road intersection on Wednesday night.

The section of the NDR between Clergate Road and Anson Street will be ripped up and replaced with hot-mix asphalt up to a depth of 27 centimetres during the next fortnight.

It is one of the last major sections of the bypass to be upgraded since the council began major works on repairing the NDR.

Mayor Reg Kidd said work on the section could not begin until the $2.8 million Clergate Road upgrade was complete due to the amount of heavy machinery on site.

The upgrade was opened in October.

“We needed to wait until that work was finished and that machinery had moved on before we began work on this section of the NDR to make sure that machinery wouldn’t do any damage to a new road surface,” Cr Kidd said. 

Infrastructure committee chairman and councillor Sam Romano said the popularity of the road meant night work was the best option.

“For this reason we’re asking contractor Downer to work during the evenings, starting at 6pm and working though to about 6am Sunday night through to Thursday for the next couple of weeks,” he said.

“We notified nearby residents and businesses and we appreciate there will be some inconvenience to them while this project is under way.”