WORK will start this week on the reconstruction of Tamworth’s O’Briens Ln.
The road will be closed to all traffic except residents from January 2 to 25 to enable works to start.
Tamworth Regional Council’s senior construction engineer Brendan Moran said the condition of the roadway had deteriorated dramatically in recent years after being saturated during a number of flood events.
“The road has been inundated by flood waters several times and as a result the surface condition has declined quite rapidly,” he said.
“Some time ago the speed limit was reduced from 100km to 60km because of its condition.
“This project is a total rebuild and will result in a brand new roadway.”
Mr Moran said the intention, when work was complete, would be to lift the speed limit again.
Work has already finished on the widening of the bridge near Cross Park Rd and a side-track is being used while the concrete cures.
Mr Moran said the bridge would be ready for traffic by the time the reconstruction of the road was complete.
Tamworth Precision Excavations has been engaged to undertake the project which involves digging out the existing road, stabilising the subgrade soil, importing new gravel and stabilising the gravel.
“The road will then be bitumen sealed before being reopened to traffic,” Mr Moran said.
“The finished road levels of O’Briens Ln will be unchanged from the current level because it is on a floodplain.”
Work will start on January 2 and, weather permitting, is expected to be complete by January 25.
Mr Moran said residents living on the one kilometre section of O’Briens Ln being affected by
the work and Cross Park Rd residents have been send a letter advising them of the project.
“Only residents of O’Briens Ln and Cross Park Road will be able to use the roadway while the work is being done,” he said.
The project is being funded through the Australian government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
Anyone else who needs to gain access to O’Briens Ln or Cross Park Rd, or is concerned about the work, should contact Mr Moran on 0427 929 878.