Wattle Ponds Road at Hunterview now closed from the roundabout at Gee and Lambkin streets to Brigadier Hammett Road for constriction of an intersection

On Monday Wattle Ponds Road at Hunterview from the roundabout at Gee and Lambkin streets to Brigadier Hammett Road was closed to through traffic to through traffic.

Wattle Ponds Road ( June 9) heading towards Glass Parade with runoff coming from the construction site of the new dual carriageway for Wattle Ponds Road. Photo supplied.

Wattle Ponds Road ( June 9) heading towards Glass Parade with runoff coming from the construction site of the new dual carriageway for Wattle Ponds Road. Photo supplied.

The closure of that section of the road will enable contractors to build a new intersection.

However local resident Amanda Cook has raised concerns especially around the lack of community consultation before the road was closed and the fear the work may extend beyond the proposed ten weeks.

"The only notification I have seen about the road closing was via a Facebook post earlier this month and a flashing sign installed on the road last week," she said.

"It would have better to have some consultation about the closure and its impacts on residents who use the road before it was closed."

Wattle Ponds Road was closed in 2012 for construction work and at that time the reopening was delayed and delayed according to Mrs Cook.

She is hoping there is not a repetition of these types of delays.

During heavy downpours water and debris from the construction site beside Wattle Ponds Road rushed across the road, another issue Mrs Cook would like to see addressed as it poses risks to road users and no doubt damages the road and surrounding verges.

Mrs Cook other concern was access to schools and downtown Singleton for residents but particularly children who use the path along Wattle Ponds Road to walk or cycle to their destination.

Although she has since been told a small gravel path will be constructed to allow pedestrian/cycle access through the site later this week.

Damian Morris, Council's Manager Infrastructure Services:

"The temporary closure of Wattle Ponds Road is required as part of the construction of a residential subdivision in Hunterview being undertaken by private contractors.

"The road will be closed from the roundabout at Gee and Lambkin streets to Brigadier Hammett Road to allow for construction works including a new intersection.

"Council staff attended the site on Friday afternoon in response to concerns raised by the community, and discussed access modifications with the contractor.

"Whilst motor vehicle access through the site during this period is not possible, a small gravel path will be constructed to allow pedestrian/cycle access from Wednesday July 8, 2020.

"A construction period of 10 weeks was approved by Council to allow for weather and other issues that may arise."