The Ballarat City Council has given assurance upgrades to Cherry Flat Road will be completed in time for the official opening of the Delecombe Town Centre, despite the project running almost two months behind schedule.
Works on the $2.4 million upgrade began back in January and were expected to be completed by mid-June, however drivers are still being diverted from the road.
In a statement, Ballarat City infrastructure and environment director Terry Demeo said the road would be open to traffic by Friday, subject to weather.
He declined to say what had caused the delay, but said “the delays are not related to the Delacombe Town Centre construction works and will be completed before the shopping centre opens so is not expected to lead to any traffic congestion”.
“Final asphalt placement is scheduled for this Thursday and Friday, with line-marking to be undertaken next week,” Mr Demeo said.
When completed the road will be duplicated between the Glenelg Highway and 200 metres south of Webb Road.
The roundabout at the highway intersection will also be changed to traffic lights, however the delivery of the installation is still being negotiated with VicRoads.
The works come as the new shopping centre prepares to open to the public on September 2.
Developer and H.Troon managing director Steven Troon said while he would have anticipated the project to be completed three or four weeks ago, he was confident it would be ready for the shopping centre opening date.
The project was majority funded by developer contributions.