There could be more stages yet to come on Shepparton’s Welsford St upgrade, with an eventual goal seeing four traffic lanes extend all the way south to the Victoria Park Lake precinct.
Greater Shepparton City Council’s 2018-19 draft budget includes $3.1million for the fourth stage of the upgrade, expected to improve the stretch from Nixon St to Fryers St.
It follows in March councillors noting almost a $120000 contract being signed for the design of the Stage 4 upgrade.
Following months of closures and detours, Stage 3 of the redevelopment — encompassing Nixon St to Knight St — was completed and traffic lanes fully reopened in December.
Speaking on the project’s budget allocation, the council’s corporate services director Chris Teitzel said the fourth stage was unlikely to be the project’s final stage.
‘‘It’s a major project but the next stage of it is taking it from the Nixon St into Fryers St intersection.
‘‘(This involves) extending the four lanes... and the Fryers St intersection, improving the trafficability and safety of that particular intersection.’’
Mr Teitzel said future works and longer-term planning would look at ensuring Welsford St had four lanes all the way through to Sobraon St during future years, ‘‘depending on budget allocations’’.
City engineer Phil Hoare in December said the council ‘‘may look at (the section) between Fryers St and Sobraon St’’, adding ‘‘the overall strategy is to use Welsford St as a connector, a little internal bypass’’.
The works aim to establish two lanes in both directions, develop Welsford St into a tree-lined boulevard with safer areas for pedestrians to cross, and to help develop the street as a major north-south thoroughfare.