Murray Street upgrade stage 6 contract awarded

Murray Street, Gawler.
Murray Street, Gawler.

Gawler’s main street upgrade continues with the next stage works to begin this month following council’s announcement of securing a contractor.

BMD Constructions will deliver stage 6 with works carried out to the Gawler Mill Inn Bridge and road, footpath, lighting and traffic signal upgrades through the Julian Terrace and Murray Street south intersections.

The project is jointly funded through the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program who provide $660,000, state government’s Special Local Roads Program’s $600,000 handout and council’s $2.45 million contribution.

“Council has already delivered five stages of upgrades to Murray Street incorporating improved drainage, new kerbs, gutters, footpaths, street furniture and landscaping as well as improved pedestrian safety with median crossing points,” mayor Karen Redman explained.

“The next stage is arguably the most important as it prepares a heritage asset for future generations.

“This project delivers vital strengthening and safety upgrades to the bridge making it compliant with current standards and ensuring that it caters for the needs of our community for the next 100 years and beyond.”

The project is a key component of the Gawler Community Plan 2017-2027 and Town Centre Urban Design Framework as it creates a more efficient and safer transport, traffic and pedestrian network in the main street of Gawler.

It is expected to also improve various modes of transportation and promote regional economic development by improving amenity and accessibility of the town centre and business precinct.

Stage 6 works include:

  • Pavement, storm water, kerb and gutter, street lighting, footpaths, medians, line marking and signage upgrades
  • Julian Terrace intersection upgrade including renewed traffic lights
  • Improved safety for pedestrians, cyclists and traffic across the Gawler Mill Inn Bridge and via dedicated pedestrian crossing points
  • Improved landscape character into the Gawler Town Centre
  • Bridge strengthening, safety improvements and general refurbishment to ensure it remains functional and supports the existing and growing road freight and traffic movement into Gawler and the region

“Roadworks and traffic restrictions of any kind can have a negative impact on local businesses and residents,” Mrs Redman said.

“With the Gawler Mill Inn Bridge being such a significant entrance point for Gawler’s main street, these impacts have been a key focus in planning the works.

The works program has been designed to minimise the local impacts wherever possible and Council will be working with the community to ensure all issues are managed and everyone is kept informed about the project’s construction.”

Works will begin mid-October with construction to be completed by April next year.