Roadworks along the Weatherald Terrace and the Port Noarlunga South Esplanade will continue until at least the end of October.
The upgrade which is part of the Foreshore Access Plan – Stage 2, once complete will have a range of new upgrades including more parking spaces along the area, an extension of the shared use path, a new boardwalk, stairs to the South Port bridge and changes around the existing Weatherald Terrace toilet block to make them compliant with the Disability Act.
Director of City Operations, Kirk Richardson said that the coastline is an incredible asset and one of the main reasons why people choose to live here or visit the region.
“That’s why we’re improving pedestrian and cyclist access and safety, better managing traffic flow, and creating easy access to the beach so everyone can continue to enjoy the area.”
“It’s a balance between improving amenity and installing infrastructure that protects our coast from erosion and helps it cope better with storm events.”
While the new upgrades are key to improving the area, roadworks have almost completely blocked the community from using the road and have forced the Southport Surf Life Saving Club to change from their usual means of access (the footbridge which crosses the Onkaparinga).
Owner of local surf shop ‘Preece’s’, Brenton Preece said that it was annoying but council had helped out by putting signs up and the signs had actually helped drive some business to the surf store.
Alongside these roadworks, council have also been upgrading the Nelson and Wembley Road car parks, while not as intrusive to the communities ability to drive through the area, they have still caused some road blocks and detours.
Changes in these car parks are set to include:
“It’s a balance between improving amenity and installing infrastructure that protects our coast from erosion and helps it cope better with storm events.”Kirk Richardson
- Upgrade of seating and BBQ areas, including shelters.
- Construction of a 3m wide shared path.
- Reconfiguration of the existing car park area.