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Griffith Street Upgrade
Update February 2018
Council staff held a second meeting with the Griffith Street residents to further consult on the new streetscape design. After consideration of comments received and further discussion the final design can be viewed here.
The tree species were also a topic of discussion at the residents meeting. It was agreed to source the largest specimens of standard Pin Oaks (Quercus palustris).
Griffith Street is a small local street in central Abury and links Wyse Street to Albury High School.
The road is in poor condition and is scheduled for reconstruction, however this will mean that the existing oak trees, which are nearing the end of their lifespan, are recommended for removal.
The images below illustrate the condition of Griffith Street.
Prior to considering final road configurations for reconstruction, a tree assessment was undertaken by an independent arborist (Homewood Consulting).
The brief was to determine the health and condition of the trees, their remaining life expectancy and the impact the works will have on them.
The assessment was undertaken in November 2016.
Key points from the assessment include:
- Thirty Trees in the street (15 each side)
- Trees are approximately 90 years old
- Overall the avenue is in poor condition
- Over 73% of trees (22) have 10 or less years useful life and five have been identified for immediate removal
- Heavy canopy lopping and pruning has been undertaken on many trees following significant large branch failures
- The trees have surpassed their peak aesthetic value and are nearing the end of their useful life expectancy
Four standard road options were provided to the consultant to assess the impacts of construction.
Options included 8 and 11 metre wide roads with varied parking arrangements. To demonstrate the impact on the tree root zones on existing trees (based on 8 metre road width), a construction impact plan was developed.
The arborist's report concluded that the upgrade of Griffith Street is likely to have a major impact on the trees and because they are in their final years of useful life, they should be removed and replaced with new trees.
To inform local residents of the road upgrade and the impacts, residents were invited to attend an on-site meeting. A meeting was also held with the principal of Albury High School.
Information contained in the arboricultural report was provided to the attendees. Discussion occurred around what the residents would like in the streetscape including parking. Design options for the reconstructed street were discussed at the meeting.
Key points from the meeting are included in the meeting notes.
A second residents meeting was held on 11 October 2017 to discuss the streetscape. Refer meeting notes to find out more
Griffith Street residents will receive weekly letters containing key information about the project. Key items from Letter dated 22.03.2018 are as follows:
This week in Griffith Street has seen the following:This week in Griffith Street has seen the following:
- Completion of initial phase of excavation works.
- Placement and compaction of road base material kerb and gutter base height.
- Fabrication and delivery of job specific kerb and gutter formwork moulds.
- All week 26 - 28 March (short week for Easter) – Kerb and gutter installation.
- Again this week, traffic control measures will be in place and access for residents will be maintained although small time delays may be experienced to enable the site to be cleared for vehicle access.
- The immediate area of the kerb and gutter installation will be delineated as required. Access through the areas will be managed by traffic controllers and will only be allowed for necessary activities. The restrictions are to enhance safety for residents, contractors, staff and the general public.
Week commencing 26 March 2018 as follows:
AlburyCity is seeking your co-operation during the construction period and regrets any inconvenience arising from the undertaking of these works.
If you have any questions relating to this project, please contact AlburyCity Customer Service Centre on (02) 6023 8111.
What happens next?
- Road designs will be developed by AlburyCity's Engineering Group - COMPLETE.
- The designs will be distributed to the residents and the Albury High School Principal for comment - COMPLETE
- A Development Application will be submitted due to the heritage listing of the street - COMPLETE
- Construction is scheduled to commence early in 2018 - COMPLETE
Replacement tree planting species will be an standard Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
Advanced Pin Oak trees planted in 2007