McNamara Street businesses will be open as usual despite the road being closed for an upgrade next week.
McNamara Street between Summer Street and Kite Street will be closed to traffic on Monday June 28 through to Wednesday June 30, depending on the weather.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd encouraged the community to show support to the local businesses in the area during the disruption.
“A road upgrade in front of any business is an inconvenience to the business owners and customers alike,” Cr Kidd said.
“These road upgrades must be completed and Council and its contractors are aiming to keep the closure as short as possible.
“During this time, please show these businesses support by continuing to shop in the area, or if you haven’t been there in a while, pop in and see what is on offer or check out the latest street murals.”
Pedestrian access to the street will remain open during the closure.
During the three day road closure, some of the road surface of McNamara Street will be removed, replaced, and then sealed with bitumen.
However, the carpark alongside McNamara Street is likely to remain unsealed until the end of next week. The carpark was being upgraded when the heavy snow put a stop to work. The snow and following rain soaked the ground to the point where it couldn’t be finished until some of the moisture had evaporated.
The current wet weather is likely to make the surface of the unsealed car park again too wet to seal while the asphalt equipment is in the street during the road upgrade earlier in the week.
It is expected the carpark will be sealed and opened by Friday July 2.
Orange City Council’s Infrastructure Chair Cr Jeff Whitton said it was unfortunate there had been a delay in the resealing of the car park but was pleased to see the road upgrade was about to begin.
“At this time of year we’re always betting against the weather,” Cr Whitton.
“It’s a trade-off between the risk of weather affecting the work, and getting the work completed in the earliest timeframe.
“The rain is an inconvenience to major projects but it’s still a pleasant sight to see, especially as the falls recently have seen our water supply rise quickly.”