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Upgrades to CBD intersections

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 11 July 2019

The southern side of the Koroit and Kepler Street intersection will close for approximately four weeks from Monday July 15 as work to upgrade the intersection continues.

During the closure, Koroit Street and the northern side of Kepler Street will operate as a T-intersection, with traffic able to head east and west along Koroit Street via traffic signals.

A work plan for the Kepler/Koroit upgrade is available via the link to the right.

The intersection will have “pedestrian priority” zebra crossings consistent with the roundabouts in Liebig Street where it intersects with Lava, Koroit and Timor streets as well as a new road surface, lighting and footpath.

Warrnambool Mayor Tony Herbert said that the upgrade would make the intersection easier and safer to navigate for the elderly, children and people with disabilities.

“One of the overarching principles of the City Centre Renewal, which came from extensive feedback from community workshops, is to create a welcoming, safe place for pedestrians of all mobility levels,” he said.

“The Koroit and Kepler Street intersection is one of the busiest in the CBD, and that is why we are committed to these important safety and accessibility upgrades.

“Some of the work required to be done also includes replacement of some very old drainage and infrastructure.

“All the businesses in the area will still be trading and it’s important that we, as a community, continue to support the many cafes, retailers, and professional businesses in this area.”

Cr Herbert said that another important feature of the work was the beautification of the city centre.

“This intersection is seen by many residents as an extension of the main street and will have some treatments similar to Liebig Street, like bluestone paving and beautiful gardens beds,” he said.

“The steel pipe barriers have been removed, garden beds will be created and bluestone paving added. There will also be larger roundabouts for colourful plantings and updated and brighter lighting installed.

“It is important for the community to remember that Council was able to leverage much of the funding for this work through a State Government pedestrian safety program and added to it from Council’s car parking fund. 

“I’d like to thank all of the contractors on site for their excellent work so far.

“We really appreciate everyone’s patience while these works are under way.

“This council is committed to improving street safety, presentation and infrastructure.”

Preliminary, low impact work, including footpath renovation, on Koroit and Kepler streets began after the Queen's Birthday long weekend and is progressing well.

Once work on the southern side of the intersection is complete, work will then “flip” to the north side for approximately two weeks, before a final full three to four day roundabout closure in approximately early September.

Work at the intersection of Kepler and Timor streets is nearing completion, with no more interruptions to vehicle traffic scheduled. These works are expected to be completed by the end of July.

 

Pedestrian priority and the city centre renewal - local residents Harvey and Kylie explain what it means for them.

 

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