A COLAC business owner who raised concerns about highway duplication plans has praised contractors for completing the roadwork in less than half the scheduled time.
Reynold’s IGA’s John Reynolds said he was initially concerned with VicRoads’ roadwork plans for Colac including cutting parking and detouring highway traffic away from his supermarket and takeaway food business in Murray Street.
Mr Reynolds said the road detour financially affected his business, with trade down by a third during the roadwork.
But he said the work was complete and highway reopened in just over two weeks instead of the expected five weeks, which had minimised the impact on his business.
“We did have concerns but I have to say the meetings VicRoads and the shire had with us prior to the work; the communication was just excellent,” Mr Reynolds said.
“They kept us informed and the way contractor Fulton Hogan went about doing the road was sensational.
“We were concerned it would take five weeks and they finished it in a bit over two weeks; they worked day and night, seven days and you couldn’t wish for a more efficient contractor,” he said.
“The end result is sensational, the surface is smooth and quiet and a much-quicker process than we were told.”
Mr Reynolds said it was “easy to criticise”, but it was important to pay credit when authorities and contractors did a good job.