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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Singleton Town Centre upgrade ahead of schedule

Work on the $7 million Singleton Town Centre upgrade – stage 2 has reached a milestone with pavers being laid on John and Campbell streets as the project progresses two months ahead of schedule.

While it was slated for completion in July 2021, Singleton Council principal contractor Robson Civil Projects is powering ahead – literally.

Light poles are also going in, the undergrounding of power is well-advanced and next on the list is further footpath works including tree pit installation and finalising the kerb and gutter construction.

Funded by $3.5 million from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program and the remainder by council, the project continues 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.

“The NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program has over the years already delivered much-needed infrastructure for the Singleton shire, and we are committed to maintaining that,” Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said.

“Time and again I receive feedback from our local community about how much this program is delivering for Singleton and making it a stronger and better community.

“This town centre upgrade is yet another on the list of benefits from Resources for Region for Singleton.”

Council’s executive manager projects Mark Ihlein said with about 10 to 20 metres of pavers being laid each day, the majority of works were on track to be finished before the original completion date in July.

“There have been some obstacles on the way and some unexpected additions to the works program, including the installation of a new water main,” he explained.

“But, the Project Team has worked really hard on keeping construction well on track to the point where we are well ahead of the project schedule.

“We know the impact of the works has been challenging, particularly for businesses in that section of John Street and motorists who have experienced delays and could not always park outside those businesses.

“That’s why we’re pleased to report the project is well ahead of schedule so the disruption is minimised.

“We can all start enjoying this next upgraded section of John Street and Campbell Street sooner rather than later.

“In the meantime, businesses are still operating, parking is always available immediately opposite or within one block of your destination, provisions are in place for pedestrians to access those businesses at all times and the Robsons’ team is always onsite to provide assistance if required.

“We are mindful of keeping businesses informed of the works on the site.

“If you have any issues at all, contact council directly on 6578 7290 and we will do all that we can to help.”

Project manager for Robson Civil Projects Brent Matthews said they were very proud to be involved in this project.

“It is exciting to see the streetscape starting to take final shape and we look forward to delivering a quality product for the Singleton community,” he added.

“It has been a challenging and technical project, however work is progressing well and we are confident it will be delivered on time.”

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