Work may soon begin to upgrade a section of Station Street in Bowral.
Councillor Garry Turland brought forward a motion, to start a different stage ofthe project, at a council meeting on August 14.
The motion that the general manager provide a report on the upgrade, and include a start and staging date before the end of 2019, was passed five to three.
The Station Street upgrade was halted at the beginning of 2019 due to parking concerns and the need to acquire land from NSW Trains.
Cr Turland said the project had "been going a long time, too long".
"Our hands are tied behind our backs because we designed something on NSW Trains' land," he said.
"We have the money to start the work."
The construction of the $15 million project is pending final negotiations about the acquisition of a parcel of land in the existing car park at the Bowral train station.
The master plan for the upgrade results in the loss of up to 10 parking spaces, with parking proposed to re-located to the Memorial Park precinct and adjacent to Kirkham Road.
Cr Turland proposed breaking the Station Street upgrade into three stages.
He said this would enable the council to complete section from the roundabout at Bowral Street to the intersection at Wingecarribee Street, while working with the state government to acquire the land for a second stage between Wingecarribee Street and Bundaroo Street.
Cr Larry Whipper said there was merit in the proposal.
"We can get on further down the road and start putting pieces into place," he said.
"Let's get the project started."
Mayor Duncan Gair said the council had already done everything they could to get the project started.
"We just cannot do any more."
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