City of Victor Harbor has the works for Stage 3 of the Mainstreet Upgrade up and running

Works started: Director Axiom Projects SA Sean McCarthy with Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins.
Works started: Director Axiom Projects SA Sean McCarthy with Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins.

Work is underway for Mainstreet Precinct Upgrade Stage 3 with the demolition of the northern footpath of Coral Street.

Road base works have begun in McKinlay Street and a traffic diversion has been put in place to allow the reconstruction of the McKinlay/Coral Street intersection.

Over the next two weeks, concrete kerbing and brick paving in McKinlay Street will begin. Footpath and kerbing preparation will begin on Coral Street south.

Works to McKinlay Street roadway will be prioritised, with McKinlay Street expected to re-open by May 28, weather permitting. Works are scheduled to commence at the Railway Terrace and Coral Street intersection shortly after.

During the reconstruction of the McKinlay Street and Coral Street intersection, access to McKinlay Street and parking is being made available through the lane way to the west of the train line.

Access will continue to be provided for businesses and can be arranged directly through the Axiom Projects SA team.

The City of Victor Harbor awarded South Australian company Axiom Projects SA the tender to begin construction of Stage 3 of the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Upgrade project.

Stage 1 and Stage 2 have been successfully completed, which has rejuvenated the entrance of Ocean Street and the intersection of Coral and Ocean streets.

The City of Victor Harbor received 50 per cent funding for the $1.9 million Stage 3 project through the SA Government's Places for People Grant Program.

Stage 3 of the Mainstreet Upgrade will see the eastern side of Coral Street upgraded to create a fresh new promenade to the foreshore (Flinders Parade), which will be reinvigorated as a multi-functional space for events and festivals.

As part of the upgrade, Coral Street will be enhanced with wider footpaths, an integration of artwork and seating and new lighting and cycling infrastructure.

As a South Australian company, Axiom Projects SA value local jobs, and said they would be engaging local Victor Harbor company Coastal Landscapes to help deliver the project.

City of Victor Harbor mayor Moira Jenkins acknowledged the importance of progressing the upgrades and focusing on summer seasons ahead.

"This is a particularly difficult time for Victor Harbor businesses and residents, but our local economy will return post COVID-19 and as a community we will recover. It is important that we continue to plan for and invest in Victor Harbor's bright future and that we continue to improve our town centre's infrastructure," Dr Jenkins said.

"We want to provide a contemporary and authentic Victor Harbor experience and the first stages of the Mainstreet Upgrade are delivering that through creating high-quality public spaces.

"The foreshore in particular is a much-loved, but under-used asset and this next stage will integrate improvements including wider footpaths, better cycling access, greening and turf upgrades and new lighting and artwork; attracting people to enjoy the new space."

Stage 3 of the Mainstreet Upgrade creates a crucial activation opportunity on Victor Harbor's foreshore, connecting the coast to the city.

Director of Axiom Projects SA Sean McCarthy said the upgrade would utilise local work.

"The council focused strongly on how we can use local South Australian skills for these construction works and I'm glad that through this upgrade we can support local jobs, as well as continue the successful contemporary reinvigoration of the town centre and mainstreet experience," Mr McCarthy said.

"We are excited to be part of this next stage of the Victor Harbor Mainstreet upgrade. It's a privilege to be involved in a project that is really delivering the community and council's vision."

Earthworks have commenced on the foreshore near Soldiers' Memorial Gardens with around 500 tonnes of dirt trucked in for the new amphitheatre.

Brick paving and concrete works have been undertaken on the northern side of Coral Street, and brick paving, kerbing and roadway works at the McKinlay Street and Coral Street intersection is now complete, with the road now open.

Over the next two weeks (30 May to mid-June) foreshore reserve works will begin, starting with removal of turf and preparation for the bleachers and amphitheatre. Installation of irrigation in the planting areas along Coral Street will commence and brick paving and concrete works will continue on Coral Street, northern and southern sides, with access provided to business frontages using temporary ramps.

Roadworks and detour signage for the Railway Terrace and Coral Street intersection works will be in place this week, with Railway Terrace traffic resuming to normal after the long weekend. Please refer to the map below for roadworks and detour signage.

Upgrade works to the SteamRanger railway lines will start in mid-June, and will require a road closure of Coral Street for up to two weeks (likely from Monday 15 June). Access via Railway Terrace and McKinlay Street will remain available. Further information will be provided shortly.

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