Queen Street rejuvenation set to commence
Published on 13 January 2020
The busy section of Queen Street in Gloucester, between Church and Ravenshaw Streets, will undergo a major transformation over coming months.
Undertaken in two distinct phases, Gloucester locals can expect to see MidCoast Council road crews arrive onsite during the week commencing 20 January, as they begin work on the section between Barrington and Ravenshaw Streets. In this initial phase, the road will be reconstructed to provide a smoother and more durable driving surface. Works on this 220m section are expected to continue over 7 weeks, weather permitting.
Designs for phase 2, between Church and Barrington Streets, are nearing completion and will soon go out to tender. Construction works for phase 2 are scheduled to take place over 5 months, kicking off in April.
Along with reconstruction of this second section of Queen Street, the project scope targets pedestrian safety and streetscape amenity, and will be welcome news for locals and visitors who use this vibrant area. It follows consultation undertaken last year with nearby residents and business-owners, where issues with the existing road cross-fall were identified for improvement.
“The road on both sides of the street slopes steeply into the kerb, making parking of vehicles difficult”, explained Daniel Park, MidCoast Council’s Manager of Operations (North). “Removing the steep gradient will not only alleviate parking issues, but assists with pedestrian safety and improved access”.
Gloucester traffic will enjoy a flatter and safer road surface, new footpaths, a 2.3m wide median strip providing a safety island near the Post Office, access ramps, and a new traffic calming roundabout at the Queen / Barrington Street intersection.
“We have worked with the community to design a project that considers their requirements and meets practical safety and asset management objectives”, Daniel added. “This is a great example of a roadworks project providing us with opportunities to beautify the streetscape and update infrastructure at the same time”.
As with any major roadworks, disruptions to traffic and pedestrian access can be expected in both phases of the project. This will include short periods of road closures, single-lane closures, pedestrian detours and parking restrictions at different times throughout the construction period. Further information will be made available in advance of these disruptions. Council staff will work with business owners within the work zone to maintain access for staff, customers and deliveries for the duration of the project.
Visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/roads/Queen to stay updated on changes taking place at each stage.
This project is part of our commitment to improving infrastructure across the region.