New surfaces in Florence Street

TEAMWORK: Kerb and gutter contractor Peter Pisani, right, and Daniel Macdonald are laying pavers on the Florence Street footpaths. Peter will also contribute to work at Memorial Oval.

TEAMWORK: Kerb and gutter contractor Peter Pisani, right, and Daniel Macdonald are laying pavers on the Florence Street footpaths. Peter will also contribute to work at Memorial Oval.

Road-sealing work in Florence Street was due to start last weekend, marking the final phase of construction for stage one of Port Pirie’s city-centre revamp.

Florence Street was scheduled to be closed to traffic from noon on Saturday for preparation.

The closure extended from and include the Norman Street and Alexander Street roundabouts.

The Florence Street car park was to be closed from 7am on Saturday. The closure was necessary as until the asphalt base layer was laid, the manholes and topstones would be exposed, presenting a hazard to both cars and pedestrians.

Once the base layer is placed, the road was due to reopen to traffic, starting with the Alexander Street roundabout and continuing to the Norman Street roundabout.

Vehicle access was planned to be maintained to Norman Street and Alexander Street with no-through traffic at each roundabout.

“Access to the Prests car park was to be via Norman Street and Alexander Street. Pedestrian access was to be maintained to all footpaths, but the central crossing points in Florence Street were not available during the works,” a council spokeswoman said. 

The road-sealing and subsequent closure is expected to last for a week with all roads open to traffic by the end of this weekend.

Florence Street near Norman Street had not yet been sealed by Monday afternoon and work could be disrupted if the weather turns bad. Stage one is nearly finished with landscaping and installation of street furniture remaining to be done.

Kerb and gutter contractor Peter Pisani has been working on the upgrade and has notched up about 35 years on council construction projects. When told that a friend had said that “every day is Monday” for the hard-working man, he replied: “That is right – that has been the case here except for Easter.”

He plans to lay a border around Memorial Oval.

Access to the Prests car park was to be via Norman Street and Alexander Street. Pedestrian access was to be maintained to all footpaths, but the central crossing points in Florence Street were not available during the works - Council spokeswoman

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