Barossa Council has voted to install two pedestrian crossings on Gawler Street, one in line with The Co-op mall entrance and another adjacent to Mitre 10.
The decision comes after both the Barossa Council and the wider community rejected designs to install a $200,000 "wombat crossing" outside The Co-op Mall on Murray Street.
In response, a broader traffic study to determine the best treatment to fix the pedestrian and traffic confusion, congestion and danger at Nuriootpa from Murray Street to Third Street was commissioned by the state government.
The report found that "significant improvements" in safety for pedestrians would be achieved with either of the two options:
- To install a "Wombat Crossing" in Gawler Street, in-line with the Community Co-op Store Mall entrance axis, and install an additional Pedestrian Refuge, adjacent Mitre 10.
- Or, secondly to install two Pedestrian Refuges at each of the same two locations.
Barossa Council Mayor Bim Lange said he was hopeful that the changes could transform the area into more accessible shopping 'precinct'.
"...with a precinct solution if you put one [pedestrian refuge] in it just sits there, isolated like a little island," Mayor Bim Lange said.
"Whereas if you put in two it naturally slows the traffic down and gives an safer crossing point at two locations for the pedestrians.
"We thought that was a better solution.
"The study did tease out that there was not one single crossing point - there was multiple crossing points - so by putting the two (pedestrian refuges) it caters for a wider pedestrian movement."
The work on the pedestrian crossings will now be carried out by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), but have not yet been costed.
The report also made a series of recommendations to improve the area, including:
- Consider removal of the right turn movement at the intersection of Second Street and Gawler Street
- Develop a strategy to even out the off-street parking usage
- Consider improvements and widening to the Community Co-op Store north access way to Gawler Street
- Consider reducing on-street parallel parking along Gawler Street, between Murray Street and Third Street
Mayor Lange said the Council intended to implement these four recommendations in the hopes of further improving the safety and function of the area.