Important projects underway in Dorset will benefit region

Dorset Council's Paul Chirichiello at the new Sideling lookout. Picture: Neil Richardson
Dorset Council's Paul Chirichiello at the new Sideling lookout. Picture: Neil Richardson

Major developments throughout the Dorset municipality are coming together.

Mayor Greg Howard said many of the projects will provide long-term infrastructure that “will be around for decades” and will create new permanent jobs.

New toilet facilities for the Sideling rest area are completed and have been opened to the community.

Councillor Howard said the toilets’ buildings were dismantled by Rotary, and parts would be used for shelters along the rail trail.

The new viewing platform for the area is set to be opened by the end of May.

Cr Howard said the platform just needed “a few more rails” and disability access before it was ready to open.

A speed reduction from 50 km/h to 60 km/h on Main Street at Bridport between South and Maxwell Street is expected to take place in coming months.

The change will take place in preparation for the increased traffic that would come with the opening of the Bridport western access road.

The road is currently under construction, with the bridge over the Brid River complete.

Cr Howard said the road should “hopefully be ready to seal in 2019”.

“It’ll be a massive thing for Bridport,” he said.

Cr Howard said dam for the Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme should be complete before June.

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