Gibson Street progress

Roadworks and streetscape improvements are progressing along Gibson Street, between Nelson and Goldie streets, following this photo taken mid-February, and are set for completion in early May. Picture: Jodie Saville.

Works. Planned infrastructure and streetscape upgrades to Gibson Street, Smithton are progressing well.

Included in Circular Head Council’s 2016-17 Budget, the $750,000 works will fix the deteriorating condition of the road due to its age as well as include tree planting and streetscape to improve aesthetic.

Commencing in September last year, the council worked in partnership with TasWater to replace an ageing water pipe in a section of Gibson Street between Goldie and Nelson streets, while the remaining works, which including pavement, kerb, footpath and stormwater rehabilitation, began in January this year.

At Thursday evening’s monthly council meeting, Councillor Betty Kay enquired as to why Circular Head RSL Sub Branch and neighbouring residences have different entrances to their properties.

Engineering and projects manager Bilal Akhtar said that the council was currently making changes to these entrances to make them more accessible following community feedback.

The street features two types of kerb: barrier and mountable kerbs.

Barrier kerbs are steep-faced and designed to manage stormwater whilst preventing vehicle encroachment onto footpaths whereas mountable kerbs are also designed to manage stormwater whilst allowing motorists to drive over the kerb and access their properties.

All Gibson Street works are scheduled to be completed in early May subject to weather conditions.

Minor traffic disruptions and dust nuisance has occurred throughout the project and Circular Head Council wishes to thank residents and road users for their patience during these upgrades and urges drivers to continue to exercise caution in the vicinity.

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