Robert 'Digger' Dignan and Dan Maiden lay the 196th and final stormwater drainage pipe.
Robert 'Digger' Dignan and Dan Maiden lay the 196th and final stormwater drainage pipe.

Mur’bah CBD road works should be finished early

TWEED Shire Council says it is on track to complete disruptive road works in the Murwillumbah CBD three weeks ahead of schedule.

On Wednesday council workers laid the 196th and final pipe required to complete the town’s CBD drainage upgrade to 20 metres west of Queensland Rd.

Construction Supervisor Frank Castellano said if the weather continued to hold, all works would be completed in a week's time - three weeks ahead of the schedule to complete the upgrade to Brisbane St only.

Some businesses have taken a hit from the works due to road closures and parking spots being blocked.

The council had promised the works would be finished by December 4.

"We are going to beat that deadline by a full three weeks - and that's having done the work scheduled for next year as well,” Mr Castellano said.

To finish the upgrade, several more pits need to be constructed to join all branches of the drainage network.

Water reticulation works are following close behind the drainage upgrade and are now at Queensland Rd.

There are several crossroad connections to make before finalising that work.

The optic fibre conduit also is at Queensland Rd and will be laid to the Museum on the corner of Bent St to complete that job.

Kerb, gutter and footpath works are now at the Queensland Rd intersection, where they will end.

Crews are currently preparing the entrance to Police Lane in preparation for resurfacing by the end of this week. Resurfacing to Queensland Rd will occur at the same time.

The last section of road at the intersection of Queensland Rd and west towards Mt St Patrick's College will be resurfaced once all drainage and water reticulation works are finished towards the end of next week, weather perrmitting.

In total, the drainage upgrade has required an additional 22 pipes over the original estimate of 174 in response to uncovering the true configuration of our existing drainage network.



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