Expect delays during Walker Street culvert replacement at Helensburgh

road works sign 1WORK on upgrading an ageing and broken culvert in Walker Street Helensburgh for environmental and safety reasons is about to get underway.

During the Wollongong City Council works Walker Street will be partially closed to ensure the works are completed as quickly as possible. Traffic will be maintained under temporary traffic signals for a majority of the project. Walker Street will be closed for about one week while the new culverts are being placed.

Work is expected to take eight weeks, weather permitting. Access to Lawrence Hargrave Drive can still be obtained through road links at Parkes Street via the Princes Highway and Otford Road.

A Council spokesperson said the ageing 10m culvert is in poor condition, with the steel cell heavily degraded.

The culvert is located on an unnamed small tributary that runs into Gills Gully which flows into the Hacking River.

Work will be undertaken with environmental safeguards to prevent erosion and degradation of the bed and bank of the creek.

Prior to any works on the culvert an existing water main will be moved and a sewer main protected at the site.

For more information contact the Council on (02) 4227 7111.


About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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