The Warragul CBD Streetscape project is designed to help our town cope with a growing population and the increased traffic that comes with it.
All nine stages of works are designed to better manage and redirect traffic within the confines of our existing roads and make the CBD experience safer, more inviting and more accessible for pedestrians.
We’re also creating more access points in, around and out of the CBD area (via planned traffic lights at Queen/Napier Street and the new Mason Street roundabouts) to ease pressure on existing access points such as the Queen Street roundabout.
For those who can’t get around as easily, we’ve increased the number of accessible (disabled) parking spaces to allow parking close by, and also made crossing points more accessible too.
As Warragul’s population grows, there is more traffic but no more space in the CBD area. Part of the streetscape project is aimed at better managing and redirecting the increased traffic for safety and practicality.
The one-way streets aim to make the heart of Warragul more pedestrian-friendly. There are two main benefits – improved safety and amenity. One-way traffic flow is more predictable making it safer and easier for pedestrians to navigate the town on foot.
This arrangement also encourages drivers crossing from one side of town to the other to use the outskirts of the CBD (such as Mason Street), rather than through the busy CBD space.
Why is Palmerston Street directing traffic East and not West?
The arrangement is designed to act as a giant roundabout, creating more efficient traffic flow through CBD intersections. Traffic from Palmerston Street will naturally flow into Smith Street, so that traffic can exit the CBD area through a safe and controlled intersection.
Sending traffic in the other direction would decrease the efficiency of vehicle movement through the intersection of Smith Street and Victoria Street.
People travelling north would have to wait for all south bound traffic on Victoria Street to clear, causing traffic to bank up at the Queen Street roundabout.
- New and wider footpaths evoking a mall-like atmosphere which is more pleasant for browsing and outdoor dining.
- New coloured and patterned pavements restore rural character to the town and complement the existing heritage.
- Integrated bench seating and improved pedestrian access to the Cenotaph creates a village feel.
- Enhancing sustainability and natural beauty with the planting of fresh new trees and gardens.
- Smooth new road surfaces.
- Drainage improvements to better cater for storm events.
- Safer and more accessible crossing points.
- More accessible parking spaces.
We understand parking close by can be tricky, especially during peak times.
Options for a multilevel carpark in the CBD have been explored, however it’s not currently a viable option. A project of this scale is estimated to cost $25 million in construction, and even more in ongoing maintenance.
A recent parking study provided us with findings and recommendations to help improve efficiency of parking in the Warragul CBD. While a number of these recommendations are straight forward, others will require further consultation with the community. More details about this consultation opportunity will be released soon.
We understand the strategic importance of this site, however this site is privately owned. In order for the site to be developed, a planning application would need to be submitted to Council for consideration by the land owner. There is currently no planning application lodged with Council for the development of this site.
Works to repair, refresh and beautify Victoria Street.
Works to repair, refresh and beautify areas along Victoria Street in Warragul will begin during the second week in February 2020. Forming the eighth stage of the nine-stage Warragul CBD Streetscape Project, the section of Victoria Street being addressed is between Smith Street and just north of the Palmerston Street roundabout.
Scope of works
Works will improve function and amenity including:
- Repair of the Victoria/Palmerston Street roundabout to address long-term damage from heavy vehicle use and strengthening the foundation for future use.
- Replacing existing footpaths with new patterns similar to those in Palmerston and Smith Streets to improve the aesthetics and provide a better pavement to walk on.
- Beautified landscaping with new trees, garden beds and plantings.
- Installation of historical signage.
- Refreshed street furniture and shelters at the pedestrian crossing/traffic lights.
- Upgrading the taxi rank shelter to meet disability access standards.
There will be no change to the number of carparks along Victoria Street. There will be a reshuffle of the loading zone bays and improvements to a disabled parking bay for better access and functionality.
The existing taxi rank will be temporarily relocated to the east side of Smith Street, near the cenotaph towards the end of the project for about a week to carry out the upgrade works in that area. The exact timing of the works on the taxi rank will confirmed closer to the occurrence of these works.
Additionally, Council is working with Regional Roads Victoria to explore options to improve timings and traffic flow through the pedestrian crossing along Victoria Street. The pedestrian signals are operated by Regional Roads Victoria.
Works are scheduled to commence mid-February and will be timed (mostly afternoon and night) to further reduce impact on traders and the community. Completion is expected by mid-April 2020.
Several consultation opportunities occurred during the initial planning and design phase in 2015/16.
A Project Reference Group (PRG) was formed consisting of local traders, business groups, service/utility companies, taxi and emergency services. The PRG met regularly for a period throughout the initial planning and design stage. The next PRG meeting will be held in February.
Council officers and Councillors will be available to answer any questions by residents and community members each Friday during February, prior to the commencement of Smith Street works. Please check our website for further details or the Gazette and The Trader newspaper for times. The location will be at the Palmerston/Smith Street Kiosk.
We’re here to help! For more information please contact Council by email or on 5624 2411 or by email.