SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council crews are starting preparatory works in Foster for the construction of approximately 200m of footpath along Station Road, between Jones Street and O’Connell Road.
Works will include the removal of seven trees to make way for the pathway, which will improve access to the town’s health precinct and the new aged care facility. The trees will be replaced once the pathway is completed.
“We’ve spoken with residents in the area about the works and they have been supportive, indicating that they would like us to plant crepe myrtles to match other plantings in the town,” explained Council’s engineering co-ordinator, Paul Challis. “They are beautiful trees, so the finished result should be both practical and attractive.”
“Residents should note that that there may be some minor traffic disruption during construction and to exercise caution in the area.”
The construction of this footpath was recognised as a priority project under Council’s Footpath ‘Missing Link’ Program, with $23,360 allocated in this year’s budget.
“It is one among a number of capital works projects in Foster this financial year,” said Paul. “We have just completed footpath works in McDonald Street and fixed the mine collapse in the car park behind the rotunda. A major culvert in Boundary Road over Stockyard Creek will also be replaced over summer.”
The footpath in Hoddle Road near the Secondary College is currently being upgraded to include a pram crossing and the improvements in Victory Avenue will start early next year.