23 August 2010
THE MAKE-OVER of Churchill Road, the ugly duckling of the suburban road network in Adelaide, has begun. Funded by City of Prospect and State Government of South Australia, the six month $4.2m project will transform this much maligned major arterial road and designated freight route into one of Adelaide's premier transport boulevards for vehicles and a place for people.
Director of Special Projects Justin Commons said 'these works are catching up on 40 years of neglect as we intend to not only resurface the road, but build new footpaths, kerbs and gutters, plant an avenue of trees and plants, provide indented car parks, safer bike lanes, and install new public art and street furniture.'.
Mr Commons said 'This is an exciting outcome to 18 months of planning, collaboration and community consultation, which has received widespread acclaim from residents and ratepayers and businesses'.
Mayor David O'Loughlin said 'This project has captured Council's vision to turn our area of lowest appeal into our greatest opportunity for growth'.
Existing residents will be proud of their 'new address', investors are already lining up, and State Government is joining us to create what will be the first of the new corridors envisioned in the 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.
Mayor O'Loughlin said 'many elected members came to Council with a vision for Churchill Road and they have delivered. It is incredibly difficult in elected roles to deliver on major projects, when collaboration across different levels of government is a must and ensuring community support is essential. This investment is proof we are going to deliver on a promise to change the amenity and appeal of Churchill Road'.
Director of Environment and Planning Sam Green said 'We are working very closely with the Department of Planning and Local Government to fast track the Development Plan Amendment for the Churchill Road corridor to change the zoning to allow the sorts of developments that support sustainable urban planning in Adelaide, capitalizing on our close proximity to the CBD and electrification of the northern train corridor' Mr Green said.
'Higher quality public realm, commercial offices and shop top apartments along the Churchill Road corridor will be investigated. The anticipated increase in rates from new commercial development brought on by Council's investment and zoning changes will lift the burden of rates for residential ratepayers and reduce the pressure to redevelop Prospect's existing character housing stock', Mr Green said.
Mr Commons concluded that 'Council has been working hand in hand with the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, to minimise the disruptions anticipated from construction works. However, for six months of inconvenience the end game will be a thoroughfare that will deliver enormous benefits and a new quality of life to our locals living in the Churchill Road precinct. Upon completion, Commuters will also enjoy the benefits of new road surface and amenity that will reduce fuel consumption and improve road safety for all users of this very busy road corridor'.
Churchill Rd construction begins
For more information, contact the Mayor on 0408 598 863 or via email.