The long awaited Stage Two of the Singleton Town Centre works are about to get underway.
Today Singleton Mayor Sue Moore was joined by Council's General Manager Jason Linnane, Councillors, Council staff, Robson Civil staff and Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen to officially turn the sod marking the start of construction work.
Worth a total of $7 million, the long-awaited project will continue the modernisation of John Street and Ryan Avenue that was completed in 2016, focusing on John Street from the Ryan Avenue intersection north to Campbell Street, and Campbell Street to the New England Highway.
Council appointed Robson Civil as the principal contractor with construction expected to continue for up to 12 months, weather permitting.
The project is funded by $3.5 million from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program and the remainder by Singleton Council.
The works will enhance the entry point to the town centre on Campbell Street as well as improve in traffic flows and pedestrian connectivity, with works including new footpaths, kerbs and gutters, underground power, landscaping and irrigation works, new street lights, furniture and signs, and the realignment of the intersection of John and Elizabeth streets.
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said it'll bring great economic activity to the town in the construction phase and thereafter.
"Not only will there be good economic activity during the period of construction but I think when visitors come to town they'll be encouraged to stay longer and spend more money, it'll become more and more pedestrian friendly and when we put that together with the bypass in years to come, the improvements around Singleton, certainly the road network improvements around singleton will be very very good," he said.
Mayor Sue Moore agreed it will bring a lot of regional benefits and it's great to see work getting underway.
"We've been talking about Stage Two for so long and its great that we now have the Resources for Regions money that was allocated two years ago and that we've actually been able to match that with a loan to see this project actually start."
“I put my foot in it occasionally,” @JohnsenMp 😅 Well there was none of that at the sod turning for Stage Two of the Singleton Town Centre works. The total $7 million project had Stage 1 complete a couple of years ago so it’s great to see the next stage starting. #upperhunter pic.twitter.com/bN9T2DZDhh— Jessica Rouse (@JessRouse95) July 31, 2020
Robson Civil Project Manager Brent Matthews said a major focus of the works was minimising the impact on businesses and motorists during construction.
Regular updates will be provided to businesses, property owners and the community throughout the duration of the project.
“A major focus during the construction phase is the impact on businesses and motorists, and we are doing everything possible to minimise any disruption and to keep everyone informed about what is happening on site,” he said.
“Robson Civil is very experienced in these kinds of projects, and we have set up a 24 hour enquiry line to respond to any questions or concerns from the community.
“We’re also very mindful of our contribution to the local economy during the works, particularly through opportunities to engage local suppliers and support local businesses.”
Most construction activity occurs from 6am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday from 8am to 3pm (weather permitting). Updates on the project, including any variances in these times will be notified to businesses and on Council’s website and Facebook page.
Image credit: Grant Broadcasters/Jessica Rouse