Long-awaited street upgrade hits rough patch
THE position of a roadwork sign on Dibbs Street is infuriating Lismore resident Margaret Langley.
Construction work to improve Dibbs Street is underway, but the work has stopped short of Ms Langley's home - even though she said she was told by council staff it would include the stretch in front of her place.
Lismore City Council operations manager Darren Patch said there were plans to upgrade all of Dibbs Street, but the project had been divided into stages due to budget restrictions.
Mr Patch said the stages were based on from the council's road policy advisory group.
The 2008/2009 budget included stage one, which stops at Music Street. The stretch outside Mrs Langley's property will be included in stage two, which is set to be part of the 2010/2011 budget, Mr Patch said.
This is not the way Mrs Langley thought the project would unfold when she saw and took photos of the Dibbs Street upgrade plans two weeks ago.
The plans, seen by The Northern Star, clearly show stage one progressing past the Music Street intersection and past Mrs Langley's house.
“I have been begging the council to fix this road for years and am sick of seeing accidents outside my house. I finally thought it was going to happen when I saw this plan,” she said.
Mr Patch said Mrs Langley should never have seen this document.
“It's common for engineers to draw plans that extend beyond what was discussed, but this is simply in case extra funding is made available which is not the case with this road,” he said.