The first sod will be turned on a multi-million upgrade to Singleton town centre’s heavy vehicle route on Monday.
The $2.93 million pavement and safety upgrade of Ryan Avenue is being delivered by Singleton Council and funded through the NSW Government’s Resource for Regions program.
The benefits to the community will include better street lighting, cycleway linkages and new footpaths, kerbs and wayfinding signage.
Site works are being undertaken by civil contractor KCE and will commence next week with partial road closures and heavy vehicle detours in place by 15 January. Access will be maintained to all businesses, as well as the Rose Point/Cook Park sports courts and fields, during the construction period.
The project will be undertaken in three stages starting at the southern end of Ryan Avenue. Stage one roadworks will extend from the intersection of John Street and Ryan Avenue south to the Gowrie Street intersection. Stage two roadworks will run from Gowrie Street to Burns Lane and the final roadworks will run from Burns Lane to Hunter Street. Landscaping, construction of a footpath on the levee and street light installation will run in parallel with the pavement works.
Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen says the NSW Government is fully funding the project through its Resources for Regions program.
“Ryan Avenue is an important road in Singleton; used by locals to get to sportsgrounds and the shopping centre; and by heavy vehicles providing stock for the local shops and supermarkets,” he says.
“The funding from the NSW Government’s Resource’s for Regions program will see an upgrade to the road, which will ensure safety for all vehicles, and improved facilities for pedestrians.
“The NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program aims to support regional and rural communities affected by mining, by addressing infrastructure constraints.“Since its inception, the Resources for Regions program has committed $208 million to many beneficial infrastructure projects across the state.”
Singleton Council General Manager Lindy Hyam says Ryan Avenue is the fifth project to be undertaken by Council using funding from the Resources for Regions program.
“Over the past four years we have attracted significant external grants to fund large capital projects to address our infrastructure backlog and reduce the burden on our ratepayers,” Ms Hyam says.
“Without this funding, these projects would not have been possible.
“Our Council has demonstrated it can deliver large projects on time and within budget and I am confident Ryan Avenue will be no different.
“The upgrade will complement the new town centre and include our unique red street lights, an attractive landscaping palette similar to that of John Street, six new banner poles as well as seating and bins for waste and recycling.
“We will also be revitalising the section of Cook Park enclosed by the carpark next to Burns Lane, and this will include new paving, picnic tables and landscaping.”
Construction is expected to take approximately six months.