Footpaths in Hill Street and March Street will be replaced while new paths in Dalton, Peisley and Prince streets will be laid as part of a three-year boost to footpath funding for the city.
Orange City Council has tripled its spending on building concrete footpaths for 2020-21 with $900,000 allocated, with $550,000 of those funds for creating new footpaths and $350,000 renewing old footpaths.
The spending is part of along term goal to improve the footpath networth across Orange, with a further $750,000 slated for next year and $600,000 the year after that.
This financial year, about 13 new footpaths will be built in areas around the city identified as being missing links in the network that are most in need of a footpath.
Locations close to schools, nursing homes and shops, or where there are safety issues, have been identified.
While another nine failing footpaths will be replaced.
There are also nine new footpaths being installed in north Orange, which are funded by developer contributions.
I have been pushing for increased and sustained footpath funding for a number of years.- Mayor Reg Kidd
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd is pleased the extra funding will be used to improve and expand the city's footpath network.
"I have been pushing for increased and sustained footpath funding for a number of years and it is my wish to see better footpaths in as many streets in Orange as we can," Cr Reg Kidd said.
"We have a vast footpath network in Orange and these newly installed walkways and repaired surfaces will be of great benefit to residents across the city, especially with an ageing population and increased emphasis on healthy lifestyles."
Orange City Council's Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Jeff Whitton said Council's specialist crews were often stretched across a variety of projects, so the work would be supplemented by local contractors to ensure all tasks were completed this financial year.
Contractors will be sourced via a quotation process through Council's procurement system.
"Depending on the workloads of our crews, we will get contractors when we need to," Cr Whitton said.
Projects that have been already been completed this financial year are new footpaths on the eastern side of Autumn Street (Dalton to March), the eastern side of Garnet Street and the northern side of Ruby Street while footpath renewal has been completed on the southern side of March Street (Anson to Sale), the eastern side of McLachlan Street (Little Warrending to Caroline) and the western side of Anson Street (Prince to March).
This week, new footpaths are being built in Turquoise Way and the southern side of Dalton Street (Clinton to Burrendong). Footpaths are being replaced on the western side of Hill Street (Prince to March), and the western side of Autumn Street (March to Dalton).
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