ROADWORKS in Albury at the Young Street intersection with Borella Road finally began last night.
Albury Council’s local traffic committee chairman Graham Docksey has distanced himself from criticism by his predecessor over delays in starting the work.
Deputy Mayor Henk van de Ven repeatedly voiced concerns at the time taken by NSW Roads and Maritime Services to start creating two right-hand-turn lanes after trials were conducted in August 2012.
The council and RMS are doing the work, which should be completed by Friday week.
Cr Docksey acknowledged the criticisms of RMS by Cr van de Ven at the most recent traffic committee meeting in late February, but he said he didn’t share them.
His comments were endorsed by Howard Hinde, who represents MP Greg Aplin on the committee.
Mr Aplin subsequently confirmed the NSW government had committed $50,000 to create the extra right-turn lane on Young Street to improve travel times.
“Once work is completed, this issue will be resolved and motorists will benefit from improved safety and more reliable travel times, particularly during weekday peak periods,” Mr Aplin said.
Cr van de Ven owns a business on Young Street and is familiar with the bank-up of traffic under the current signalling arrangements.
He didn’t comment on the issue at the engineering and works committee, but Cr Docksey praised all those involved in the breakthrough including engineering director Brad Ferris and his team.
“They have been a pleasure to work for in the last 18 months,” he said.
“It hasn’t been easy on this one as RMS have had their own ups and downs with internal structures.
“But we’ve got where we need to be and slowly ticking off the some long outstanding issues.”
Work will be carried out from 8pm to 5am weather permitting, with partial lane closures.
Mr Aplin urged motorists to plan their journey and allow extra travel time.
“Every effort will be made to reduce noise associated with the work,” he said.