Part of the recently upgraded Hillson’s Bridge roundabout on the Newell Hwy at Tocumwal is already closed for repair.
Less than five months after it was officially re-opened after being closed to traffic for approximately 12 months, the road exiting the roundabout on the way to Finley has been closed to traffic.
The lane was closed last Wednesday with a section of the concrete removed due to apparent ‘‘cracking’’ in the surface.
Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce president Clive March told the Southern Riverina News he was in disbelief that repair works were already needed.
‘‘It seems to have been a culmination of errors from the word go (with the roundabout repairs).
‘‘We (chamber) have been kept in the loop regarding the works.’’
Mr March was also sceptical of the latest works and the cost of the works on a whole.
‘‘Since they announced the works, people have been down there looking at it (the concrete section), and no one could find any cracks.
‘‘It was ridiculous the amount of money that was spent on the works to start with,’’ Mr March said.
The $6 million Tocumwal roundabout project started in August last year, and Deniliquin Rd businesses were virtually cut off from potential customers who were diverted around their street.
With some business already feeling the effects of the original works, which took almost 12 months to complete, these latest repair works could not have come at a worse time.
However, Berrigan Shire general manager Rowan Perkins remains positive that businesses are unlikely to experience such a vast impact from the works being carried out.
‘‘In a general sense, the community and businesses of Tocumwal should not experience such a heavy economic impact (compared to the original construction phase of the roundabout).
‘‘Traffic is not being diverted away from the town centre.’’
Vehicles still have access into Deniliquin Rd, they just ‘‘can’t go through to Finley’’ from the roundabout without being diverted.
In terms of traffic disruption, Mr Perkins said it was not a great concern for the shire.
The works are the responsibility of NSW Roads and Maritime (formerly RTA).
‘‘In a general sense, further traffic disruption and traffic management is not a great concern for the shire,’’ Mr Perkins said.
‘‘Heavy vehicle traffic is being diverted and small/light traffic still has access through the town.’’
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the works were anticipated to be completed by Wednesday, October 30.
‘‘The work involves replacing sections of concrete on the north side and south side of the roundabout.
‘‘It will include time for the concrete to cure to ensure it doesn’t dry out too quickly and crack.’’
A detour using Silos Rd is in place for northbound vehicles while works on the north side of the roundabout are completed.
‘‘Traffic will be able to continue through the roundabout during works on the south side of the roundabout,’’ the spokesperson said.
‘‘Traffic controllers will be on site during the day to direct motorists through the work site.
‘‘Traffic arrangements will be in place 24 hours a day.’’
Work will occur Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm and Saturdays 8am to 1pm.
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