Road fund windfall
Updated: Mar 24, 2021
EXTRA works have been added to Loddon Shire Council’s road program for the year after a Federal Government windfall.
Loddon has received almost $1.8 million in round two of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program.
Manager assets and infrastructure David Southcombe, told councillors: “Council was successful in obtaining all funding for the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and only one of the applications for the Bridges Renewal Program. The unsuccessful application was for the Bailey’s Bridge replacement project which will instead be funded from underspend in council’s Roads to Recovery allocation from the 2019-2020 financial year.”
The windfall will see $1,617,588 spent on the Bridgewater-Raywood road reconstruction and widening project with $258,743 for the Whites-Pitt Road upgrade.
“The section of Bridgewater-Raywood Road proposed is the last section of narrow seal remaining and will result in the entire Bridgewater-Raywood Road being two trafficable lanes, completed,” he said.
“The Whites-Pitt Road upgrade project will result in a decrease in the grading and resheet maintenance costs on this section of road which is becoming excessive due to the high number of commercial vehicles using the road associated with local industry.”
Mr Southcombe said $132,380 had been proposed for five amenity projects. “These projects are all associated with sealing township gravel access streets in Boort, Newbridge, Inglewood and Wedderburn that have a history of dust complaints,” he said.
“They will improve township amenity by reducing dust for adjoining properties..”
Council’s infrastructure program had originally been set at $8,6 million. The latest windfall and $422,213 for Laanecoorie-Newbridge road reconstruction adds to the program.