TESTING has been ordered on soil with a petroleum odour uncovered as work continues on Leongatha’s Bair Street project.

However, it has not caused any significant delays in the works to relocate overhead power lines underground and the upgrade of street lighting.

South Gippsland Shire Council’s coordinator projects Jareth Goss said the contractor, Downer Utilities, had “encountered a petroleum odour while trenching in a number of locations along Bair Street” and soil samples had been taken to determine if any contamination was present.

Mr Goss said the contractor had altered their planned sequence of works.

The works are part of the $5.4 million Bair Street Project, which is a streetscape redevelopment project being undertaken by council with funding support from the state and federal governments.

The underground electrical works include trenching works on the west side of Bair Street from Lyon Street to Church Street, followed by pit installation works starting at the Young Street end of Bair Street.

Footpaths and parking will be disrupted, however, all businesses will still be accessible.

Water main and service line renewals were completed by South Gippsland Water late last year. Future project activities include civil works and landscaping.

For further information, visit www.bairstreet.com.au.