Footpath upgrade a waste of money

Approval for major construction will see a footpath upgrade on the corner of A’Beckett and Queen streets potentially become nothing but a waste of money.

The upgrade took the footpath from bitumen to bluestone and included works to the kerb, channel, footpaths, access ramps and tactile grounds surface indicators. In total, the upgrade cost $178,102 and construction went for approximately three weeks.

Plans for twin 79-storey mixed-use skyscrapers, dubbed Queens Place, were approved in early 2016.

According to City of Melbourne spokespersons, the A’Beckett and Queen streets corner upgrade was approved before Queens Place.

One of the spokespersons said that the slip up occurred as a result of an outdated system used by council that could not check for approved maintenance orders. According to him, the system has now been updated to avoid future mistakes.

A complaint from a local resident prompted the spokesperson to apologise and agree that the project should not have gone ahead.

City of Melbourne told CBD News: “Any damage to surrounding roads and footpaths during construction – including the recently upgraded area – will be fixed at the developers expense.”

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