Improvement works in and around Wingham's McCullagh Lane car park are due to start this month, including the installation of a new cantilevered shade structure.
MidCoast Council's road crews will undertake these important improvement works over approximately six weeks, weather-permitting, for completion early-March.
Along with rehabilitating the car park surface and replacing the existing shadecloth, the project includes resurfacing the road pavements in McCullagh and Maitland Lanes, replacing kerb and gutter, and improvements to roadside drainage.
Preliminary works to address drainage will kick-off on Wednesday January 13, requiring the Primrose Street entry to be closed. Detour signage will be in place to direct traffic to use the alternate entry and exit.
"The upgrade will be welcome news for users of the busy car park, which complements main street parking on Isabella and Bent Streets", Rob Scott, MidCoast Council's director of infrastructure and engineering services, said.
"As well as revitalising this area which has been in poor condition for some time, the work will ultimately reduce ongoing maintenance costs and deliver on our value-for-money approach".
The upgrade coincides with consultation currently being undertaken with the local community around a Wingham CBD beautification masterplan that will see a major transformation of the busy shopping and business precinct roll-out over coming years.
"Refurbishing the car park now will mitigate the impacts of major CBD works that are currently being planned" Rob said.
"It also follows a series of work undertaken on Wingham's roads recently including Primrose Street, which will be finalised in coming months, and further works in Farquhar Street".
CBD motorists are asked to observe all roadworks signage while the work is conducted, and can expect the car park to be unavailable at times during the construction phase. Disruptions to traffic in and around the area of work may also cause minor delays.
For more information about the Wingham CBD beautification masterplan, and to provide input into key design elements, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/HYS before the consultation closes on Friday, February 5.
A series of drop-in sessions is also being held in Isabella Street where you can view the concept plan, and chat with Council staff about the project.