Despite unforeseen setbacks with Yambil Street upgrades, businesses on the south will be able to heave a sigh of relief with works expected to be completed by the end of March.
General manager Brett Stonestreet said at the last general council meeting that the discovery of underground fuel tanks caused considerable time delays, as well as the discovery some power poles were in need of replacing.
"We've completed the preliminary design of the next stage of the next block in Yambil Street - and of course there will need to be a separate tender in process for that to occur, but we are hoping to have that go to tender thereabouts the time we finish the first stage," Mr Stonestreet said.
He brought to council's attention that there have been several underground issues identified once the ground had been broken - not the least of which was several old fuel tanks that have been located during the excavation work.
He outlines the depth and location of the electrical wires and gas mains under street were at a "different height or a lesser depth" than what was anticipated.
"What we've also come across is light poles or power poles - there has been some corrosion that has occurred over the years to the point they have had to have been removed," Mr Stonestreet said.
"So we are looking as part of this project getting some new poles, and we are also investigating smart technology to be put in place."
He said there will be some variation to the budget in relation to those matters, however said "we are anticipating that to not be significant."
Council advises residents that the partial road closure of Kooyoo Street between Yambil and Canal Streets will remain in place until mid-March when drainage work will be completed and the street reopened.
In the meantime, vehicle access is available from Canal Street to the road closure point, with pedestrian access available at all times.
Locals can expect to see the street kerb and gutter construction take shape.
There is possibility of disruption to telecommunications, power and gas supply, with Council endeavoring to inform those affected as soon as possible.
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