Wodonga's Pearce Street to close for six weeks

Leon Schultz
Leon Schultz

WORKS planned for Pearce Street in Wodonga should improve pedestrian and pram crossings and add cycling lanes.

The street will be closed from Beechworth Road to Victoria Cross Parade from tomorrow for Wodonga Council to proceed with the work.

It is expected the closure will last about six weeks, weather permitting.

The council’s director of planning and infrastructure, Leon Schultz, said the road had continued to have heavy usage despite the opening of Victoria Cross Parade.

“With expansion of our ring road network, the council expected the traffic on this road to ease,” he said.

“But continued traffic to the school and shopping centre in this area from the catchment area has meant this road is in need of repair.

“The existing road pavement is no longer suitable and requires reconstruction to provide an even surface for motorists.”

The council has taken the opportunity to review the design of the street to improve traffic and pedestrian flow.

Improvements include new kerbing and upgraded pram crossings on the northern side, two new pedestrian crossing points, cycle lanes on both sides of the street and parking bays on the southern side.

Traffic will be diverted through Victoria Cross Parade during the works with local access maintained for residents and the Murray Valley Centre.

The council has been in discussion with residents, the Murray Valley Centre, the nearby athletics clubs and schools about maintaining access during the works.