After never-ending delays, light rail construction will wrap up on George Street, between King and Park streets, before Christmas.
The construction was originally scheduled for completion in October last year, but suffered a number of setbacks “due to unexpected underground services and utilities,” said Transport NSW coordinator general, Marg Prendergast.
The reopening of two major work zones along George Street on December 3 will give pedestrians access, and a good look at the transformed boulevard.
Construction began on February 16, 2016. To celebrate reaching the end of a long road, council will adorn the precinct with six giant wreaths and 5000 Christmas lights.
“This year, George Street will get a festive makeover inspired by London’s Oxford Street as we move out of sections of George Street where major civil construction for the light rail is complete, ahead of the busy Christmas retail period," said Prendergast.
"From early December, barriers and fencing will be removed along the majority of George Street, between King and Park streets, and Christmas lights installed, with more space for pedestrians and Christmas celebrations along George Street.”
Minor work is still needed to complete the strip including the light rail’s QVB stop, small areas of paving, and the addition of smart poles. But this work will not restart until the new year.
Construction along Devonshire Street, between Chalmers and Elizabeth streets and near Central, are also expected to be substantially completed before the end of the year.