Business as usual during Kiewa Street reconstruction

05 June 2014

It will be business as usual along Kiewa Street as Council begins the $1.8M reconstruction of the precinct on Tuesday 10 June.

The first stage will be installing pedestrian signals at the notorious Kiewa Street pedestrian crossing. Stage Two will include the complete reconstruction of Kiewa Street between Dean and Smollett Streets, including the installation of angled parking, landscaping, kerb and channel and drainage.

Vehicle access will be maintained during Stage One but Kiewa Street between Dean and Smollett Streets will not be a thoroughfare. Stage Two will mean the complete closure of Kiewa Street to traffic between Dean and Smollett Streets for up to 20 weeks.

“We plan to be finished by November, meaning the busy Christmas shopping period won’t be affected,” AlburyCity Mayor Cr Kevin Mack said. “All the shops will be open and operating as usual throughout the works. We’re encouraging people to park underground at Centro or in the Volt Lane carpark, which has plenty of capacity.

“We’ve been working closely with the traders in the area to make sure they’re fully informed of the works and minimise the disruption to their businesses as much as possible.

“Pedestrian access to shops and restaurants will be maintained throughout the project. There will be some disruption to traffic flow along Kiewa Street but I think residents will understand that we’re trying to achieve an important and much needed upgrade.

“The new pedestrian signals will be especially important, and finally resolve one of the most dangerous crossings in central Albury.”

AlburyCity staff began visiting business in the precinct on 7 May and presented to the Chamber of Commerce on 20 May outlining the program of works. A separate information session for businesses was held on 28 May. Council will also keep interested businesses and residents informed of the works as they progress. 

“The Kiewa Street upgrade is a necessary investment in the future of the city, and will be a vital economic stimulus for years to come.”

AlburyCity has received $45,000 in funding from Roads and Maritime Services to install the pedestrian-operated traffic signals. Council has matched the funds with a further $45,000 to complete the project.