Gawler Street Precinct Upgrade and Renewal

Category Current Infrastructure Projects
Project Start Date 01/02/2018
Expected Completion Date 30/06/2019
Proponent District Council of Mount Barker
Project Status Current
Contact Person John Calder
Contact Work: 08 8393 6444
Email: council@mountbarker.sa.gov.au

Council has identified Gawler Street as a key area for future improvement given the crucial role it plays in the town including its strong social, cultural, economic and heritage value to the community.

Update August 2018

SADB contractors commenced construction in late March 2018 and the works are approaching completion. The new signal crossing will be commissioned shortly and, subject to weather, all works are expected to be complete by early September 2018.

Both Council and SADB thank you for your patience whilst these construction works have been undertaken and trust that you are supportive of the project outcomes.

The design and fabrication of a landmark sculpture to mark the entry into Gawler Street, which will be located within the new pedestrian island, is underway and should be installed by the end of 2018.  To complete the Gawler Street / Adelaide Road intersection upgrade, tree up-lighting is currently out-to-tender and will be completed later in 2018.

Council will be continuing its rolling program of works in 2018/19 geared towards improving the overall streetscape which will move progressively down Gawler Street.

Further upgrade works at the Gawler Street / Walker Street intersection including new landscaping, low-level walls and seating will commence construction in early September 2018. Please note that Gawler Street will remain open to traffic throughout the works.

Design works are also now underway to progress a further upgrade at the Gawler Street / Stephen Street intersection which is programmed for construction in early 2019.

 

Update June 2018

Construction works are continuing at the Adelaide Road / Gawler Street intersection including the creation of a new left slip-lane into Gawler Street, a signalised pedestrian crossing across Adelaide Road plus a new shared use path connecting this intersection to the existing path around Keith Stephenson Park. Subject to weather, it is anticipated that the new left slip-lane will be open to traffic by end of June with the overall project scheduled for completion by the end of July 2018.

 

Update May 2018

The aim of this project is to provide an improved entrance to Gawler Street from Adelaide Road including accessibility for vehicular traffic, pedestrians and cyclists via the construction of a new left slip-lane into Gawler Street, a signalised pedestrian crossing across Adelaide Road plus a new shared use path connecting this intersection to the existing path around Keith Stephenson Park. This is the first of a series of initiatives along Gawler Street to enhance the overall public realm aimed at including both the physical appearance as well as activity along the street.

SADB contractors commenced works in late March 2018 which are now well underway. Council is very much aware of the importance of maintaining access to Gawler Street from Adelaide Road during construction such that the impact on businesses is minimised as much as possible. As a result, the works are being undertaken in a staged and considered manner to avoid wholesale closure of the intersection for a prolonged period of time. However, with the works being undertaken in a busy and well-trafficked location, there are strict traffic management guidelines which must be followed to protect the safety and welfare of construction workers. As a result, traffic control measures will continue to be in-place throughout the works including lane closures along Adelaide Road and localised speed restrictions.

At the present time, the left-turn into Gawler Street from Adelaide Road is currently prohibited until mid-June 2018, when the new slip lane is programmed to be opened to traffic, subject to weather and unforeseen events. In the meantime, Gawler Street can continue to be accessed from Adelaide Road via a right-turn from the South.  As a result, vehicles travelling from the North that want to enter Gawler Street are presently required to follow a short detour via the nearby Mann Street roundabout and then turn right into Gawler Street instead.  Traffic management is being undertaken by Altus, a specialist traffic control company, with the work site being constantly monitored to ensure delays are kept to a minimum.

Once the new left-turn slip lane is opened to traffic, works will focus on the other side of the intersection including the new pedestrian crossing which is expected to be complete by around mid-July 2018, again subject to weather and other unforeseen events.  Major works such as re-surfacing, which will require a full-scale closure of the intersection, will be undertaken outside of normal business hours.

Both Council and SADB remain fully aware of the importance of Gawler Street as a busy retail destination and will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum. We appreciate your support of these upgrade works to ensure that the project can be completed both promptly and safely.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or require further information please contact John Calder, Council’s Project Manager on 8393 6444 or via e-mail at jcalder@mountbarker.sa.gov.au.

Alternatively, urgent construction or traffic related concerns can be directed to Vince Petruzzella, SADB Project Manager on 0459 141 136 or at vincep@sadb.com.au.

 

Update March 2018

SADB has been appointed by Council to undertake construction of the Gawler Street/Adelaide Road Intersection Upgrade including a new left slip-lane into Gawler Street, a signalised pedestrian crossing of Adelaide Road plus a new shared use path connecting this intersection to the existing path around Keith Stephenson Park.

SADB will be mobilising to site on Monday 19 March 2018 with the works expected to be completed by mid-June 2018, subject to adverse weather and any other unforeseen circumstances.

SADB is proposing to undertake the works in clearly defined stages in order to avoid wholesale closure of the intersection for a prolonged period of time. However, construction workers safety must remain paramount with traffic management in-place throughout the works including lane closures along Adelaide Road plus local speed restrictions. In addition, there will also be some restrictions to either left-turning or right-turning traffic into Gawler Street during business hours with clearly signed detour routes in-place. Major works such as re-surfacing, which will require a full-scale closure of the intersection, will be undertaken out of normal business hours.

Both Council and SADB are aware of the importance of Gawler Street as a busy retail destination and will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum.

   

Project Background

Council’s 2015 Gawler Street Mainstreet Strategy was developed following consultation with interested and affected land and business owners plus the broader community. The Strategy identified a range of priority actions which are designed to not only improve the physical appearance of the street but to also enhance the activity and life on the street.

Key physical upgrades include:

 

  • Upgrade of Gawler Street/Adelaide Rd intersection
  • Upgrade of Gawler St/Stephen St & Gawler St/Hutchinson St intersections
  • New public seating and landscaping
  • New and replacement street trees
  • Street lighting upgrades including tree up-lighting at intersections
  • Two new parklets (already installed)
  • Upgrade to Stephen Street car park (completed)

 

The above upgrades are being scheduled into a rolling program of works over the next 3-5 years, with $1.3m already allocated to projects this financial year. 

The next priority projects to be delivered are an upgrade to the Gawler Street/Adelaide Road intersection including a new left slip-lane into Gawler Street, a signalised pedestrian crossing of Adelaide Road plus a new shared use path connecting this intersection to the existing path around Keith Stephenson Park. Council will be considering the award of a construction contract for these package of works at its next meeting on 5 February 2018 – if approved, works are programmed to be undertaken between March – June 2018. 

Gawler Street Intersection Upgrade(211 kb)

Adelaide Road Shared Use Path(158 kb)

 

Regular project updates will be provided to all key stakeholders as the program is developed further and individual projects move into construction. In the meantime, if you have any comments or require further information please me on 8393 6444 or jcalder@mountbarker.sa.gov.au.   

6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker SA 5251
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