Coastal route to reopen amid delays

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

The picturesque views of Marine Drive will soon be unobstructed when the coastal route reopens next week.

Marine Drive and Adelaide Crescent will both be open to the public on Monday, subject to weather conditions.

The roads were closed in October to construct the new roads and a new roundabout as part of the Middleton Beach redevelopment.

After construction delays, LandCorp chief operations officer Dean Mudford said contractors would cease work just before Christmas and resume in early January.

Mr Mudford said he expected the road realignment works would be completed before Australia Day.

“The new section of Flinders Parade will be opened by January 25,” he said.

“The road realignment works were due to be completed by end-December.

“However, although the contractors have been working very hard to meet deadlines, difficult ground conditions requiring replacement fill and additional drainage have resulted in a slight delay to the construction program.”

Once the first stage of development of the Middleton Beach Activity Centre is complete, Mr Mudford said the hotel site, adjacent to Mt Adelaide, would be put on the market for a hotel operator.

“At this stage we are working on going out to the market for a hotel operator in the first quarter of 2018 followed by an (expression of interest) for the hotel site and other development sites in the second quarter of 2018,” he said.

“We have already received over 30 registrations of interest from developers, of which around 20 have expressed an interest in the hotel site. While these figures are encouraging, it is important to recognise that the market is challenging and there is a world of difference between registering interest and committing to purchase.”

During the Christmas period the development area will remain fenced off, however, Mr Mudford said the old Flinders Parade road and carparks near the foreshore and Three Anchors would continue to remain open to the public.

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