Necessary improvements to road structure and drainage have extended the timeframe for an upgrade of Bay Street. The $1.6 million project to revitalise the Tweed Heads central business district began in mid 2014 and was scheduled to be completed last year. However, crews working on the upgrade discovered the quality of the existing road structure was lower than expected and a more comprehensive reconstruction was needed to create a durable new road.
“Initial depth testing showed the original road structure was deep enough to allow us to use stabilising techniques which added cement to the existing materials,” Senior Engineer – Civil Design Warren Boyd said. “But when crews were excavating to install conduits for electrical supplies, it was evident the road depth varied considerably and a complete reconstruction was needed between Enid Street and Navigation Lane.”
Similarly, additional infrastructure was needed to improve drainage in Bay Street, which was identified by local business operators as a high priority. Mr Boyd said records of existing drainage beneath the road were incomplete and surveys on the site revealed there was no pipe from Stuart Street to Thompson Street.
“A whole new pipeline was constructed to achieve that priority and significantly improve drainage. We also replaced a number of mains because they were found to be in poor condition,” he said. Better street lighting was another priority for Bay Street business operators and Council crews are finishing the erection of light poles. “Once the poles are in place and the central medians in the road are constructed, we will add the final asphalt layer,” he said. “That will leave the final streetscaping, including trees, additional seating and other street furniture.”
The next stage of the Tweed Heads CBD upgrade, along Wharf Street from Florence Street to Frances Street, is scheduled to begin in March.
Source: Tweed Link, Issue 0890 | 13 January 2015 | ISSN 1327–8630