Hello, and happy new year to you all. I hope everyone had a chance to rest and recharge over the holiday break.
Ararat Rural City Council is starting the new year off with a roadworks blitz worth more than $5 million, and I am very pleased to let you know about several projects - both large and small - that are on the go at present. These projects are funded with a mix of state and federal government funding and financial contributions from council.
In one of the bigger undertakings, culvert work has started this week and earthworks will start next week as part of a $2.2 million project to reconstruct 7.2km of the Helendoite and Tatyoon North Roads east of Maroona. This project is being undertaken by Millers from Horsham and is scheduled to be completed by the end of May.
Reconstruction of a 1km stretch of the Woorndoo-Streatham Road has also started this week, with the $361,000 project being completed by contractors Bitu-mill. This reconstruction will be finished by late February.
Another road reconstruction project, this time on part of Leatherwood Drive in Ararat, will start in a few weeks' time and is being completed by local contractor SHS Civil at a cost of $286,000. SHS Civil will also start reconstruction work on 750m of the Willaura-Wickliffe Road in a couple of weeks at a cost of $364,000.
Council's roadworks crews are also completing projects with work on the reconstruction of 4.2km of the Buangor-Ben Nevis Road already begun. This project is worth $1.5 million and is scheduled to be finished by the end of May. Work on 1.6km of the Old Geelong Road has also started and will be finished by March, with this project worth $395,000.
It was fantastic to see two other projects finished just before Christmas too, including the Twin Bridges over the Wimmera River at Glenlofty. The new bridges, a joint venture between Ararat Rural City Council and Pyrenees Shire Council, was completed by CASA Engineering with a total project cost of $1.7m. Visit our Facebook page for a great video of how the work progressed.
Part-reconstruction of Rundell Street in Ararat was also finished late last year thanks to SHS Civil, with that job worth more than $191,000.
It is wonderful to see our contractors and council roads staff hitting the ground running, starting projects that will keep our communities safe, aid in economic growth and support the all-important transport industry.
We thank the state and federal governments for their support of these projects and hope our communities enjoy driving on their new roads.
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