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Ovens Street and King George Gardens News

A pedestrian friendly, shaded streetscape linking King George V Gardens with Wangaratta’s CBD will soon be in place in Ovens Street.

Ovens Street (between Reid/Rowan streets and Templeton/Faithfull streets) will feature a tree-lined boulevard and median strip, while two pedestrian crossings will also be created, and angle parking on the garden side of the street will be replaced with parallel parking. New street lighting will illuminate the streetscape at night-time.

King George V Gardens will receive an upgrade to the community stage, additional seating, rendering of the toilet block, new garbage and recycling bins, additional seating and an upgraded park shelter.

The work is expected to take about four months and during this time there will be disruptions to traffic along Ovens Street between Reid/Rowan streets and Templeton/Faithfull streets. Roundabouts at both intersections will remain open throughout the works, with no impact on Reid/Rowan streets or Faithfull/Templeton streets.

This section of Ovens Street will require a full closure (not including the roundabouts) from Tuesday, 5 February to Monday 25 February. For the rest of the project there will be traffic management in place, including reduction to one way traffic flow.

Mayor Dean Rees said the end result would be the realisation of one of the priority projects identified in the Wangaratta Project: CBD Masterplan.

“Ovens Street will be a shaded, pedestrian friendly link that’s welcoming for locals and visitors,” he said.

“It will be a huge lift for our city centre and deliver better connectivity.

“There will be more trees than are currently in the street, giving more shade for cars and pedestrians.

“There will be some disruption for the next few months and I encourage drivers to seek alternate routes during this time.”

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