WORK has begun to protect Carrington’s Young Street from flooding, with more than a dozen fig trees to go as part of the $3.5 million streetscape upgrade.
The road, footpath and drainage will be rebuilt between Forbes and Cowper streets to alleviate problems caused by roots snaking through the area.
Newcastle City Council has flagged the roots as problematic for pedestrian safety and on-street parking.
"The Young St reconstruction will help alleviate stormwater flooding that plagues Carrington and allow council to change the street level, including the crest of the road,” Mr Bath said.
The street trees will be replaced, with raised concrete planter boxes preventing a repeat of the street damage. New lighting is also planned for the school crossing and along Young Street. Parking will increase with rear-to-kerb arrangements, as well as extra bike racks in the area. Seafarer furniture from the strip will be retained.
The Herald reported in May on a long-term council plan to combat sea level rise in suburbs including Carrington and Wickham.