High St upgrade starts this week

A SIX-MONTH program to improve the streetscape at the top end of New Norfolk’s main street is expected to start this week. The Derwent Valley Council has appointed local business MSD Constructions to carry out this first stage of the High St improvement works.

The council has advised that temporary road closures will occur between Circle St and Burnett St from January 5, with the works expected to be completed by the end of June. General manager Dean Griggs said that section of the street would be reduced to one lane between 6am and 6pm on weekdays to allow for footpath upgrading and kerb replacement. Access to and from Circle St via Richmond St and Tank St will be unaffected, he said.

The council says the upgrade aims to make High St a safer and more attractive place for people to shop and visit, and for businesses to invest. It says council officers have been working with local businesses to understand the impact on trade. Where possible, the works will be adjusted to minimise their effect on businesses and their customers.

The first stage of the project (pictured above) includes footpath improvements and new paving; pedestrian safety improvements; new street trees; furniture and landscaping; and the relocation of disability parking spaces.

“Thanks to a Local Road and Community Infrastructure Grant from the Australian Government, we’re investing in services and infrastructure to deliver a bigger, better Derwent Valley and deliver this first stage of improvements while we seek funding to carry out the rest of the master plan,” acting mayor Jessica Cosgrove said.

More information about the project is available on the council website.

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