THE first sod was turned on Singleton Council’s latest project on Monday, a multi-million dollar upgrade to Ryan Avenue.
Funded through the NSW Government’s Resource for Regions program, the work will see partial road closures and heavy vehicle detours in place by Friday.
NEW PROJECT: KCE project manager Antonn Russek, Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen, Singleton Council general manager Lindy Hyam and mayor John Martin at Monday’s sod-turning ceremony for the upgrade of Ryan Avenue.
Access will be maintained to all businesses, as well as the Rose Point/Cook Park sports courts and fields, during the construction period.
Civil contractor KCE project manager Antonn Russek said everything “was all ready to go”.
“We’ve got traffic controls in place and we’re hoping to be finished by mid-to-late May,” he told The Argus.
“We’ve allocated ourselves a few months to make sure the project is completed on time.”
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said the upgrade will ensure safety for all vehicles and improve facilities for pedestrians.
“Ryan Avenue is an important road in Singleton,” he said.
“It’s used by locals to get to sportsgrounds and the shopping centre; and by heavy vehiclesproviding stock for shops and supermarkets.”
Singleton Council general manager Lindy Hyam said Ryan Avenue was the fifth project to be undertaken by council using funding from the Resources for Regions program.
“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,” she said.
“We will also be revitalising the section of Cook Park, enclosed by the car park next to Burns Lane.”