SEVERAL near misses involving pedestrians have prompted council to close off sections of Victoria Parade.
Work on Victoria Parade began on Monday, with the Rural City of Wangaratta and North East Water undertaking drainage, water main replacement and resurfacing on the road in readiness for the opening of the $33m Co-Store redevelopment.
Council had planned to keep the road open for as long as possible but director – infrastructure services, Alan Clark, said the road had to be closed in the areas where work is taking place adjacent to the Co-Store.
“We had several near misses where pedestrians were ignoring signs and walking through the works,” he said.
“I had to make the call because we can’t take the risk.”
Two-way traffic will be allowed at either end of Victoria Parade, meaning on-street car parking will go for the duration of the road closure.
The works are expected to take four to five weeks, but Mr Clark said he was not sure how long the road would have to stay closed.