The next stages of the transformation of Wodonga’s central business area will kick off later this year.
Following the realignment of Elgin Boulevard in 2013-2014, the construction of The Promenade and Junction Square and the extension of Havelock St, works will return to the CBA in September.
The council received Australian Government funding in 2014 under the National Stronger Regions Fund for the revitalisation of the city centre.
Works will begin in the northern end of High and South streets in September 2017.
The works will include the reconstruction of High St from Bond St to South St which will upgrade underground services in the area.
A roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of South and Church streets to address safety concerns and traffic flow through this area and is in line with feedback from the community in 2015.
The final design will see South St remain single lane in both directions with the centre median parking to remain in South St between Smythe and Church streets.
The works will also include landscaping, beautification and new street lighting, the undergrounding of overhead cables and reconstruction of Bond St.
Works will begin at the southern end of High St to Lawrence St in September 2018. These works will improve drainage, replacing stormwater and water mains in the area and improve the intersection at High and Stanley streets.
The final result will see parking spaces will remain at similar numbers while trees will be replaced with advanced species. A shared zone is not being implemented at this time with the section to include wombat crossings.
The aim of all the works to improve the shopping experience for our residents and visitors with a city heart that features all-abilities access.
The council has brought forward the tender process for these stages of works. The tender the 2017-2018 project - High and South streets - will begin in March with a contractor expected to be appointed by May to allow time for discussions with businesses and stakeholders in the area ahead of the start of works. The council has a range of initiatives to support businesses through the works.
A similar timeline will follow the final stage in 2018-2018.
Comments from Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie:
“In the past two years, the community had already seen great changes to the CBD.
“The council, along with government and private investment, are building the city centre that our community said they wanted and are now saying they can’t wait to see finished.
“It’s time the rest of High St and the wider CBD look and feel as fresh and vibrant as those areas that have already been rebuilt, in and around Junction Square. Businesses will enjoy an enhanced profile and an attractive landscape that will entice shoppers.
“And it’s important that through this unique opportunity to rebuild our city centre, that now and into the future, our community continue to support local businesses so that they can enjoy the vibrant city centre and retail offering they are telling us they want.”