new traffic-light controlled intersection at Harbour Drive/Gordon Street is to
be opened to vehicles on Thursday, September 1.
went extremely smoothly and the works have been completed exactly on schedule,”
said Mick Raby, Council’s Director Sustainable Infrastructure. “It was a very
tight timeframe of 10 weeks, but the contractor and crews worked consistently
hard to make sure the CBD would reopen to traffic on time.”
works included a major upgrade of storm water drainage, the removal of the
roundabout and the installation of traffic lights.
aims of the work were to help reduce the risk of flooding in Harbour Drive, as the previous configuration of the intersection
and the road levels held back storm water and led to
localised flooding in the CBD, and also to improve pedestrian safety in the
the roundabout with lights will also ensure there is more of a balance between
the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, cars and commercial vehicles in the future
– a key aspect of the CBD Masterplan,” added Mr Raby.
intersection was closed, a separate project to raise the shared pedestrian and
traffic zone area on Harbour Drive was also undertaken – and this will also
open on September 1.
the first part of the $2million City Square revitalisation and is aimed at more
clearly connecting City Square with the pedestrian pavement on the northern
side of Harbour Drive, thereby opening up greater potential for major events in
the city centre,” said Rod McKelvey, Chair of the CBD Masterplan Committee.
raised shared zone also helps highlight the importance of access for
pedestrians and those using mobility aids over traffic.
phase of the revitalisation will include new shade structures built of steel,
glass and timber, new paving and new seating.”
partially completed extension of Duke Street, which was temporarily opened to
traffic to provide a bypass of the CBD during the intersection works, will
remain open until work restarts on completion of the permanent road and landscaping.
The work on the permanent Duke Street Extension is expected
to start around the end of October.