13 November 2017
An upgrade of Leeds Parade has been a community priority for a long time and this week work begins on that upgrade.
About 2 kilometres of Leeds Parade, from Margaret Street through to the Northern Distributor Road will be upgraded.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said upgrades were designed to make Orange roads fit for purpose.
“We know Leeds Parade is a busy thoroughfare in Orange and it is due for an upgrade,” Cr Kidd said.
“When sections of the Northern Distributor Road were constructed a few years ago, Leeds Parade was used as the heavy vehicle detour and bypass of the CBD and Summer Street.
“Geotechnical investigations were completed earlier this year and based on the results on this work, the road will be stabilised with a concrete mixture using council’s road pulveriser from Phillip Street to the NDR roundabout.
Several sections will receive additional gravel over the top of the current road, increasing the road pavements thickness and overall strength to handle heavy road traffic.
The road will be finished off with a bitumen spray seal and hot mix overlay on the intersections
“The newer section of Leeds Parade between Margaret Street and Dalton Street will receive hot mix asphalt heavy patching later in the year.”
Orange’s Infrastructure Committee Chair Sam Romano said the project was one of the biggest on council’s roads program for this season.
“If we keep getting these nice sunny days, the project should go through to Christmas,” Cr Romano said.
“The road will be open during the road works, but one lane will be closed at a time while the road crews complete the road upgrade.
“There will be traffic delays so it’s best to find another route to work if you can.
“There’s a lot of work going on at the moment on the north side of town, with the upgrade of Burrendong Way, William Maker Drive and now Leeds Parade and we appreciate the delays can be frustrating for motorists.
“We’re asking for patience as we work as best we can to continue upgrading Orange’s road network.”
Meanwhile in Kite Street, the Council road crew is handing over the intersection to the Council concrete and drainage crew, who will install a rectangular culvert in the Kite Street/Clinton Street intersection to fill in the former dip this week.
The stretch of Kite Street from Hill Street to Sampson Street will be finished with hot-mix asphalt in the coming weeks.
Shortly after the culvert is installed, construction of pedestrian platforms, or blisters, will begin.
Crews have also completed an upgrade of Hill Street near the Orange Aquatic Centre.
To see which roads will be upgraded this season head to http://yoursay.orange.nsw.gov.au/roads
WORK UNDERWAY: File photo