Thumbs up for Nuriootpa’s newest pedestrian refuge

Nuriootpa’s Ms Jill Mader welcomed works on Gawler Street which would result in safer access for pedestrians.

Work has started on the much anticipated Gawler Street, Nuriootpa crossings with the $200,000 project resulting in two pedestrian refuge and improved measures for traffic and cyclist flow.

The State Government funded project is the result of initial lobbying by Mr Paul Amos, who sought a zebra crossing to aid movement from the Co-op Shopping Centre and the 21 Murray Street complex as part of the Fund My Neighbourhood initiative in 2017.

It is nearly two years to the day that the funding announcement was made and the community are now looking forward to completion of the project.

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That, according to Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure will be in about three weeks.

In addition to the two pedestrian refuges, turning and cyclist lanes have also been incorporated into the design.

There will be some night works this Thursday and Friday and next Monday and Tuesday.

At completion of the works there will be no parking on either side of Gawler Street between Murray Street and Third Street.

Among those to welcome the new infrastructure is Nuriootpa’s Ms Jill Mader who described it as “excellent”.

“I go to Adelaide quite often and cross the Henley Beach Road one with dogs and children and there’s no issues,” said Jill.

“This is amazing and it will help free up the car parking and it will be a lot safer.”

Mr Keith Norrish, Nuriootpa also looks forward to the project’s completion.

“It’s a good idea, there’s a lot of traffic danger to go across,” said Keith.

“And I would look to use it as a safer option.”

At last week’s meeting of The Barossa Council elected members agreed to a budget allocation of $12,995 for remedial civil works in Gawler Street, Nuriootpa.

According to Council documents some minor works associated with Council’s road infrastructure would benefit from being repaired at the same time as when the DPTI works are performed, to create a better overall finished project.