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Opening up Residential Corridor - Cruse Street extension

The road that will carry 5000 new residents will be constructed in North West Wangaratta in 2019.

The Rural City of Wangaratta has approved $9.3m of works to connect Cruse Street with Reith Road.

Works will involve construction of a three span bridge over Three Mile Creek, extending Cruse Street from the new Wangaratta Turf Club entrance to both Worland Road and Reith Road.

The North West corridor has long been identified as Wangaratta’s main growth corridor for the next decade, and Council has completed the majority of the strategic planning work required to re-zone 215 hectares of land.

As well as extending Cruse Street by 1.5km, Council will also invest in a significant upgrade of the Osboldstone Road and Sisely Avenue intersection, which motorists will need to travel through to get to the Cruse Street extension. These works will involve staggering the intersection to allow for better traffic flow.

MACA Infrastructure Pty Ltd was awarded the $7.411,390.83 ex GST contract to construct the Cruse Street extension, while O’Loughlin Excavations was awarded the $1.955,677.05 ex GST contract for the Osboldstone Road/Sisely Avenue intersection.

Mayor Dean Rees said the major investment by Council would set Wangaratta up for significant population growth.

“We’re putting the infrastructure in place now to allow this growth to happen,” he said.

“This is a visionary project that will help us attract the new residents needed to help Wangaratta realise its full potential.”

The Cruse Street extension will run adjacent to Bella Way, meaning existing residents in the Bella Vista Estate will retain their current amenity, while still having access to the new road (via Worland Road), which will cut their travel time down significantly.

Construction commenced in February 2019.

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