DUST, noise and other issues have left residents living near the Bulahdelah Stroud and Lee Street roadworks fuming.
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But there is no end in sight to the troubles just yet, with MidCoast Council confirming the works will not be completed by Christmas as expected.
“A combination of bad weather and discovery of subgrade conditions worse than expected has now seen the construction timeline extend into 2018,” a Council spokesperson said.
But after seven months of living with excessive dust and noise, residents are fed up.
The Council spokesperson said a dedicated water cart was arranged to be on-site to manage the dust.
“It recently broke down and for a period of time St Hilliers shared a water cart with another job,” they said.
“We have reinforced the need for a permanent water cart on-site and can confirm this is now the case.”
Council said an additional cart is on standby if needed.
St Hilliers were awarded the contract for the Bulahdelah roadworks and are utilising several different sub-contractors to assist with the construction.
Council said the works, originally scheduled to commence in January 2017, were delayed from the start.
“Due to Telstra cables and their availability to relocate them, St Hilliers were not able to commence until around May,” the spokesperson said.
The project was supposed to be finished in June, but the completion date has now been extended into the new year.