The upgrade to Welsford Street cost $3.88m funded by Roads to Recovery $2.52 million, Goulburn Valley Water $124,000 and $1.23 million contributed by Council. The reconstruction work involved new drainage, a new and improved road pavement, traffic lights at the intersection of Nixon and Welsford Street, improved traffic flow through Knight Street and the planting of new trees.
Greater Shepparton City Council Director Infrastructure Phil Hoare said “Council is pleased the third stage of Welsford Street has been completed ahead of schedule and on budget and we would like to acknowledge Mawsons Constructions for ensuring the road was open before the busy Christmas and holiday season.
“Welsford Street is an important and busy road carrying 17,000 vehicles per day of which approximately 500 are heavy commercial vehicles that use it as a link between the Midland Highway and Goulburn Valley Highway. The upgrading was vital to ensure the road was suitable and safe.
“Not only has Council improved the road surface, we have also planted 47 trees along Welsford Street to help improve the amenity of the street, provide shade and reduce energy costs. Trees are an integral part of our Urban Forest strategy to green Greater Shepparton.
“Council still has some minor works to complete, however this will not affect traffic. We appreciate everyone’s patience during the works, the new road can now be enjoyed by all road users,” said Mr Hoare.
“With the street now open I encourage all drivers and pedestrians to take extra care and be alert to the new arrangements particularly in regards to the new traffic lights at Nixon Street. I would also like to thank all those involved for their cooperation and patience”.
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