$1.9m plan for upgrade to Kerr Road

Albury Council is set to upgrade Kerr Road. Picture: DAVID THORPE

Albury Council is set to upgrade Kerr Road. Picture: DAVID THORPE

WODONGA-based Excell Gray Bruni has been awarded the $1.9 million contract to reconstruct Kerr Road in Thurgoona.

The company emerged from an original field of five tenderers which was short-listed to three by Albury Council.

Excell Gray Bruni’s tendered amount was only $220 less than the second favoured option, A.P. Delaney.

Kerr Road is a crucial piece of infrastructure in the Thurgoona-Wirlinga growth corridor, which is expected to be home to an additional 50,000 residents over the next 50 years.

Mayor Kevin Mack said it was long overdue for an upgrade.

“This road is in poor condition and a reconstruction is necessary to not only meet current demands, but also the future needs of a growing community,” he said.

Stage one works will involve re-aligning the Kerr Road-Riverina Highway intersection to comply with NSW Roads and Maritime Services requirements.

A shopping centre is proposed at the intersection in the council’s long-term plans.

Initial works will include relocating services, installing new kerb and gutter, new guardrail and resealing Kerr Road as well as localised widening of the Riverina Highway at the intersection.

A new turning lane into Kerr Road is also part of the works.

A year ago council resolved not to accept any tender for stage one works before deciding to add the stage two works — reconstructing Knoble Road towards Thurgoona Drive — to the scope of the works.

Work is scheduled to start next month.

Excell Gray Bruni indicated a 14-week construction period to complete the works with an intention to work on both stages simultaneously.