WORK on the reconstruction of the Flinders Highway is expected to begin in the next few weeks after the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council decided to go ahead with the project at its meeting last week.
The council’s director of works and infrastructure Alex Douglas said the council was in the process of finalising the contract with Downer EDI Works.
The scope of the upgrade has been reduced after the curves and geometry of the road had to be altered more than the council had anticipated to meet current road standards.
Mr Douglas said about 1.96 kilometres, incorporating the section of Flinders Highway from Winter Hill Drive to about 70 metres west of Cockatoo Road, would be reconstructed under the revised plan.
He said letters had been sent to all affected landowners and work would start as soon as the contract with Downer EDI was finalised.
“The contractors are very keen to get started,” he said.
Mr Douglas said in his report to the council, that although the revised cost was above the authorised value, if the project was to meet time and expenditure requirements of Special Local Roads funding work needed to start as early as possible.
The council’s chief executive officer Rod Pearson said previously that after this year’s work was completed the council would consider resubmitting for further funding from the Special Local Roads and the Black Spot Programs to extend the road work, if the opportunity was available.