Station Street is set to reopen to full traffic on Thursday 16 March – almost two weeks ahead of schedule.
Council’s Director Service and Project Delivery, Karin Targa said several factors led to the early reopening of the busy thoroughfare.
“Our decision to trial a new bitumen pavement and construction methodology was critical in enabling Council to reopen the road ahead of the Easter holidays,” she said. “So too was the favourable weather and the decision to work through the evenings.”
“However, the key factor was the patience and understanding shown by the street’s businessowners and regular motorists.”
Starting Sunday 5 March, a total of 350 metres of the road between Bowral Street and Merrigang Street have been reconstructed and repaved using a new pavement solution called EME2.
Both Station Street and the Wingecarribee Street bridge overpass connection to Kirkham Road will reopen to full north and southbound traffic from early Thursday 16 March.
Parking lanes along the length of Station Street will remain temporarily closed to enable construction crews to safely complete the footpath and driveway improvement works. The new 140 space car park located at the southern end of Station Street will remain open.
Following the Easter break, Council will temporarily close the road overnight to enable final asphalt wear course and line-marking work. Contractors will also commence works within the northern commuter car park located adjacent to the Bowral Train Station.
“I thank all of Bowral’s shopkeepers and guests for enabling us to get on with the job of rebuilding Station Street and delivering a better Bowral for everyone,” Ms Targa said.