Two Longford roads to be sealed, with property owner input

David Braithwaite

THE sealing of Abels and Boyle Rds, Longford, will go ahead after Wellington Shire Council formally declared a special charge street construction scheme to pay for the works.

Seventeen property owners in the area will pay a total $61,200, with the council paying the remainder of the $430,000 from federal government Roads to Recovery funding.

Abels Rd is within the rural-residential area of Longford between Boggy Creek Rd and the South Gippsland Highway, with Boyle Rd extending north off Abels Rd.

These roads, totalling 1450 metres, are currently unsealed and have irregular table drains.

The roads will be sealed to the width of 6.2 metres, with kerbing at intersections, and the work will involve the formation of table drains, driveway culverts and sealed vehicle crossings.

Residents had approached council to investigate a special charge scheme to upgrade the roads, because of concerns with dust, rutting and council maintenance.

Property owners were consulted over the scheme, with 15 supporting it in a survey – well above the 60 per cent required to progress the scheme.

After council advertised its intention to declare the scheme, no objections were received, paving the way for it to go ahead.