A steep gutter in front of Woolworths in Queen Street, Ayr, will be altered to provide easier and safer access to the footpath.
Council’s Operations Manager Wayne Saldumbide said the existing gutter would be removed and replaced with a stepped kerb in an effort to make it easier for residents to step on to the footpath from the roadway.
“Our Works team will do something similar to what was done in Home Hill on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Eighth Street last year,” he said.
“The step off the kerbing was quite deep and we have modified it into two steps to primarily help older residents access the footpath and road more easily.
“Senior residents were having trouble stepping up from the road to the footpath and there had been a number of falls reported recently.”
Mr Saldumbide said the works would take place in Queen Street between the Parker Street intersection and the Woolworths entry/exit driveway.
“Works will begin on Monday, March 7, and we estimate it will take until the end of the month to complete,” he said.
“Nine parking bays in Queen Street will be unavailable for the duration of the works and for the safety of the public the footpath in the immediate works area will be reduced in width by half.
“These works are part of Council’s Capital Works Program this year for upgrading CBD footpaths.
“We thank the community in advance for their patience while this work is being carried out.”