First stage of Thomas Mitchell Drive works complete

The first stage of the Thomas Mitchell Drive reconstruction is now complete with the through lanes of the road open to traffic.

The project, funded under the Australian Government’s Black Spot funding program, is being completed in three stages to minimise traffic disruption.

Stage one consisted of the section of road between Chapple St and Jack in the Box Creek.

Manager Infrastructure and Works Theo Panagopoulos said motorists would notice a transition from the new section to the existing section until works begin on the next stage in the New Year.

“There is a dip in height when moving from the newly constructed road to the existing road at Jack in the Box Creek and works on the culvert in the New Year will rectify that height difference,” he said.

“Stage two of the project will replace the culvert at the creek and traffic will be reduced to one lane under traffic control when these works commence and motorists should expect some delays.

“It is envisaged this stage would be complete in about four weeks, weather permitting, and works will begin on the final stage.”

Traffic is advised to follow the roadworks limit of 40kmh while the project continues and note that the turning lanes into the service roads remain closed until works on these section is completed in the New Year.

Landscaping and street lighting works in the stage one section of Thomas Mitchell Drive are due to be completed in February.

Wodonga Council received $1.7 million of under the Black Spot Program for the reconstruction of Thomas Mitchell Drive and the council is taking the opportunity to also complete the roadway from Chapple St to the already upgraded section at Wigg St to complete the city entrance with funding from the Roads to Recovery program.