CENTRAL Albury traffic is facing major disruptions for up to five months when work starts on improvements to Kiewa Street.
Albury Council’s engineering director Brad Ferris confirmed last night the work between Dean and Smollett streets would take between 16 and 20 weeks.
Work will begin on June 10 with the replacement of one of the city’s most dangerous pedestrian crossings.
The council and NSW Roads and Maritime Services agreed to a 50-50 split on a $90,000 pedestrian-operated traffic lights at the crossing between Centro Albury and the car park separating the Mates Building and Target.
Traffic will still be able to enter Kiewa Street during the pedestrian crossing reconstruction, but will be totally blocked when the major roadworks start soon after.
“The aim is to increase the activity in the area to reduce the time the project takes,” Mr Ferris said.
“When we are doing the crossing the aim at this stage is to let people come in each end and come back out again.”
The council has set aside $1.8 million on repairing Kiewa Street between Dean and Smollett streets with works first flagged in early 2011.
They were delayed due to works in the Volt Lane area.