MORE than $1 million will be spent on major roadworks in three Greater Hume towns in the first three months of this year.
Work will begin on Monday to upgrade roads in Jindera, Culcairn and Holbrook.
The project is expected to be completed at the end of March.
Greater Hume Council engineering director Greg Blackie said the roads targeted for improvement had all been cause for concern within their communities.
“The works were on the high priority list and the funding has given us the opportunity to undertake them,” he said.
At its December meeting, Greater Hume Shire Council accepted a $618,606 tender from C & K Cartright Pty Ltd to undertake kerb, channel and associated drainage works along sections of Adams and Urana Streets in Jindera.
The Jindera works include the widening and deepening of the Watson Street drain, including the installation of a triple cell culvert across Adams Street.
Mr Blackie said the works would prevent flooding in the area at times of heavy rain.
He said they would allow access during significant rainfall, especially to the Jindera preschool and St John’s Lutheran School.
“It improves a high-risk area,” Mr Blackie said.
“If there were kids around they could get washed down the drain.”
Kennedy Brothers Earthmoving Pty Ltd won a $428,406 tender to upgrade Culcairn’s Railway Parade with the provision of drainage relief, additional parking areas, a wider and stronger pavement and new kerb and channel.
Mr Blackie said the roadway was broken and rutted, with potholes and poor drainage, and residents would welcome the upgrade.
Burgess Earthmoving Pty Ltd won a $238,416 tender to reconstruct and install a new kerb and channel in Bowler Street, Holbrook, between Wilson and Swift Streets.
Mr Blackie said the works would allow better access to the Holbrook community hub and library.
“It’s one of the poorer roads in Holbrook,” he said.
“The community will definitely be happy when it’s done.”
Mr Blackie said all works would be carried out while allowing existing traffic on the roads.
He said short delays could be expected in coming months.