THE $2.2 million upgrade of the Casino town centre was expected to be completed on schedule by June 30 despite recent storms, Richmond Valley Council’s manager of civil operations, Paul Radnidge, said.
Mr Radnidge said storms flooded drainage works in Barker Street, but did not cause significant damage and had been more of an inconvenience than a serious problem for the crews installing the pipeline.
The drainage works on the northern side of Barker Street to the post office were due to be completed this week.
Mr Radnidge admitted the work had taken longer than originally anticipated as the council had decided to install a new main to relieve pressure on the CBD stormwater system.
The new pipeline was larger than was first considered necessary and had to be laid much deeper underground.
The good news is that it won’t have to be repeated on the southern side of the street.
Mr Radnidge said with completion of the drainage works, council crews could get started on the new footpath and kerb and guttering.
“That should go relatively quickly and hopefully that can be completed soon,” he said.
“Then we’ll begin on the southern side of Barker Street, starting from the Commercial Hotel.”
Meanwhile, Mr Radnidge is confident the whole upgrade project will be completed on schedule.
“There is a lot of work to do, but we are on track to have it completely finished by June 30,” he said.