Street closure receives $1.43m budget

Wodonga council chief executive Patience Harrington said the aim of the green space is to make the CBD more attractive.OPINION:We deserve a say on Hovell Street

WODONGA Council has allocated $1.43million in its draft budget next financial year for works associated with the closure of Hovell Street.

The closure has been estimated at $730,000, but a further $700,000 would need to be spent on an upgrade of the Lawrence and Havelock streets intersection beforehand.

The traffic study used to support the closure of Hovell Street stated there would be a “considerable” increase in traffic in Lawrence and Havelock streets.

Data shows most traffic will be making the turn in to or out of Havelock Street from Lawrence Street.

The draft budget and Hovell Street closure were both considered by the council on Monday night which raises suspicions the move is already a done deal.

A replacement public bus stop would also need to be found as it is situated adjacent to Woodland Grove.

One option under consideration is relocating it to Lawrence Street.

The council’s chief executive, Patience Harrington, said the aim was to make central Wodonga more attractive by enlarging the green space.

“Part of the council’s thinking on all of this is to make the central business area a destination, rather than a traffic thoroughfare, therefore making it more pedestrian and shopper-friendly,” she said.

“The other work taking place is the realignment of Elgin Boulevard, which will also play a significant role in improving traffic movements around the central part of the city.”

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