The Not So Good wood on Goodwood Road

After blogging recently on the Good wood of Good wood Oval I find myself blogging on the not so good wood on Goodwood Road.

Readers of this blog would be well aware of the Good wood on Goodwood Road. The Government have been working over the last few months to underground the power along Goodwood Road. With that complete, Council have commenced the re-invigoration of the pedestrian environment of the same stretch of Goodwood Road. This is the stretch from the tram line to Victoria Street. When complete the Government will be taking advantage of this project to follow with resealing the road.

Notwithstanding the obvious co-operation between the two levels of Government readers would also be aware that Governments have a habit of not co-operating. I wonder whether the State Government have plans to upgrade the water mains running down this section of Goodwood Road.

Tonight bought this home to me with a vengeance.

I have been half expecting a flood event somewhere in Unley with the severe weather event predicted. If it where to occur I expected it to come from the heavens above, not from the government’s underground water infrastructure. But that is exactly what happened.

So the not so good wood on Goodwood Road is it has flooded ahead of the fast approaching storm event. The burst occurred in front of Sushi Q, opposite the Goodwood Library. Thankfully the shops have not been damaged.

With the weather approaching I suspect repairs will be delayed for quite some time. There may therefore, with water pouring out the skies, be some rate payers who will be without water for a while.

Question for the Government.

Are they planning to upgrade the water mains in this section of Goodwood Road before the rejuvenation project is complete or will we see the road dug up in the near future after the project is complete?

Question for the Government and the State Opposition in the lead up to the March 2018 election.

Will either party commit to upgrading our failing water infrastructure or is this too hard?

 

 

CITY OF UNLEY POWER AHEAD WITH GOODWOOD ROAD MAKEOVER

With the undergrounding of power lines by SA Power Networks nearing completion Council can power ahead with Goodwood Road makeover. The second stage of Goodwood Road’s major revitalisation is set to start in December

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Capri Corner Concept Design

Local company Outside Ideas of Forestville has been selected to undertake streetscape upgrades between Victoria Street and the tramline. They have extensive experience working on major projects, including the ANZAC Memorial Walk, the Henley Square redevelopment and Adelaide Airport’s plaza.

Outside Ideas have been responsible for some extraordinary work around the metropolitan area.

Our Mayor, Lachlan Clyne, has flagged with the media that it’s great to be able to support a local business to work in their own neighbourhood on such a significant and important project for the community,” Mr Clyne said. “This Goodwood Road business district is one of the original four villages of Unley, and is still one of our main commercial and retail centres more than 150 years later. Today it carries about 30,000 vehicles per day and we believe these upgrades will propel it forward to become a popular destination of choice with broad appeal to Adelaide’s consumer market.”

Outside Ideas director Aaron Superina welcomed the opportunity to work on a project in the business’ local area. “As a company that specialised in main street upgrades, this is a great opportunity for us to help revitalise a precinct close to our Forestville office and one that is used by our local community every day,” Mr Superina said. “We’ll be using a significant amount of locally-made products, including pavers, custom fencing and planter boxes, which will be key features of the new look streetscape.”

This is good news as the rumours abounded that we were going to use Chinese pavers.

We have also engaged Adelaide-based company Groundplay to supply street furniture, including benches, bins and planter boxes, for the project which will result in improved pedestrian access and a beautified streetscape.

Goodwood Road Main Street Streetscape Concept

An updated Goodwood Road concept design and a summary of recent public community engagement was presented to elected members last night. The briefing allowed us to review the feedback we have received from the community. It allowed us to provide to the project team our own feedback before moving to preparing detail design and documentation.

Goodwood Road

Capri Corner Concept Design

The community consistently identified the following aims, opportunities and expectations of the future streetscape of Goodwood Road.

  • New paving that opens up the street and improves accessibility.
  • Expanding opportunities for community interaction, including more social settings, safer crossing points, improved access to shop-fronts, new art and event actuation.
  • De-cluttering the street and providing a distinctive suite of street furniture, consolidated in key locations and suited to all ages.
  • Desire for lighting to be reflective of the precinct, including feature lighting, heritage facades, verandah lighting and public art integration.
  • More shade and opportunities for greening along the street, including street planting, planting beds, vines and pots.
  • Safer side streets that improve pedestrian accessibility and slow local speeds, whilst maintaining existing vehicle access and local servicing requirements.

 

With the contribution from the elected members the project team will now prepare a consultants brief for the detailed design and documentation of the agreed concept design for Goodwood Road, leading to construction commencing early/mid 2016.

The ongoing engagement since the original 2009 Urban Design Framework has ensured that we will have a design that works best for all. I am quite impressed with the work done. Recognising that designs can alter once detailed work is undertaken but the concepts will see Goodwood Road transformed.

So Unley’s best kept secret wont be for much longer.

In September the under grounding of the power lines should commence and continue until early to mid march of next year. This work will recess for the Christmas trading period. Once this work is complete the streetscape upgrade works can commence.

 

Opportunity begs for Goodwood Road

Council have an unexpected opportunity to consider upgrading the Goodwood Road shopping strip.

 

Under grounding of power lines is planned soon for Goodwood Road. Mindful of the disruption that will be the price the businesses on Goodwood Road pay for this initiative Council are looking at the streetscape.

Rejuvenating Goodwood Road although identified in our urban design framework was not something that was in our long term financial plan. We are reviewing whether to consider doing this now rather than cause disruption again in the future when we do proceed with a much needed upgrade.

This is a logical approach; take advantage of the disruption to give back to this community a streetscape that will take Goodwood Road into the future.

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You can find out more and share your views by:

  • Completing our online survey at yoursay.unley.gov.au by 5pm 15 April.
  • Participating in the Community Forum, 8 April, 6-7.30pm at the Goodwood Community Centre, 32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood.
  • Attending a ‘drop-in’ session located on the street, 7-11 April, 10am-12.30pm.

For further information phone the City of Unley on 8372 5111.

I will certainly drop in on my way to another meeting to see what you have to contribute.

 

 

Urgent Message to residents of Cranbrook, Grantley & Arundel

Residents of the above named streets in that little pocket of Millswood bounded by Goodwood Road and the Freight train/Belair line please be aware your access and egress for the next 24 hours is going to be limited.

 

20150402_122235A burst water main at the corner of Cranbrook Avenue and Goodwood Road has warranted Goodwood Road being blocked off between Victoria Street on the north and Mitchell Street in the south.

 

 

Busrt Mains water directed into Grantley AvenueThe work we are being told could take up to 24 hours and that was before the crew on site found what many of us know is under Goodwood Road, namely the old tram tracks. This potentially could delay repairs further.

I am told that the bitumen plant is being kept open so that work can continue into Easter by way of road repair if this is found necessary.

So how do I get in and out you ask?

Access out of Arundel is possible but you will be directed into Mitchell Street on the other side of Goodwood Road. It will not be possible to head south without maneuvering back along the back streets of Goodwood to a spot north of the Capri Cinema or heading to Unley Road.

Access into this isolated suburb will only be possible from the south using Grantley Avenue. This will mean those coming home tonight after work from the north (from the city) will need to head down Leader Street, Leah Street, East Avenue to Mills Street and then into Goodwood Road and be directed by traffic controllers into Grantley or go down South Road to Cross road and then same journey into Goodwood Road and into Grantley.

If this affects you hopefully it wont cause you too much inconvenience. If not but you know someone it will affect please let them know as soon as possible.

PS…. If you live in Forestville, Millswood (around the Oval), Millswood around the Bowling and Croquet Clubs, in Black Forest or in Clarence park you too are bound to be affected if you come home along Leader Street, Leah Street and/or East Avenue. Please have patience tonight as you head home and start the Easter break off in a positive way.

 

Finishing Touches to Goodwood Road Overpass Footway Repairs

The pathway planks are installed and the chain mesh is being tied in to the rails. 

That should be finished tonight (touch wood, well maybe mod wood). So it is all but ready to go.

Just needs our project manager to sign off on it and it is available for use by the public. And while it looks like the skateboarders are ready to go it actually is there to help slide along the deck as we wire tie the chain mesh to the bottom rail.

Millswood Rail Station remains in the news

For some reason confirmation by the Government, including the Premier a while back there remains unbelief that the temporary re-opening of Millswood Rail Station will occur.

This is repeated in an article in the Eastern Courier this week. Even though initial contact with the department responsible for this (my old friends, DPTI) were unaware of it they have subsequently confirmed it will happen, just not as quick as the Government had promised.

Talking to people last night as I hand delivered our current newsletter in the section of Millswood west of Goodwood Road I received comment that indicated it will be used, and used well. By those living west of Goodwood Road. If this is true it will not be a temporary re-opening.

The resident profile of this area is fast becoming a young family demographic and they will likely prefer the train to the car to get into the city.

Well I know this much, the ailing footbridge over Goodwood Road giving us back safe access to the Station will be ready before the station is reopened with work under way to remove the Concrete Cancer completed.

Demolition of Danger Done

Intensified but well programmed work was carried out on the footway of the Goodwood Underpass rain bridge was completed over two nights. 

The concrete slabs and therefore the concrete cancer has been removed. Everyone who passes under this bridge can now be assured that concrete is not likely to drop on them or their car as they traverse that area. Thank you to our project team for their diligent approach to eliminating this threat to public safety.

This photo is showing the concrete cancer in full view. The rusting reinforcing which forced the concrete between it and the slab edge is in full view.

This picture (sorry about the colour it is nighttime and I am not a professional photographer) is showing the contractors lifting one of the slabs.

We now await the installation of the new flooring to allow the footway to be re-opened.

Half the Danger Gone

Working through the night Council’s contractors have surgically removed half the concrete cancer form the Goodwood Underpass Footbridge.

Weather permitting the other half goes tonight and thus will be removed, the chance of concrete dropping onto the road below from the Concrete Cancer.

Goodwood Underpass work to commence

As many of you would be aware if you listen to 891 or watch either channel 7 or 9 news I have been active in ensuring that the Goodwood Road overpass concrete cancer safety issue is addressed as quickly and as safely as possible.

I am now happy to report that the work is underway.

Our staff, in conjunction with DPTI and in the short time since we first learnt there was a problem, have worked hard to

1   identify the extent of the problem with the walkway adjacent the rail bridge
2   assess the best material to use as a replacement
3  design a specification for the work and call tenders for the work and
4   determine a work program that will interrupt commuters (be it cars, bikes or by foot) the least

Expediting the process and at my request they (admin) have agreed to split the work into two components, demolition and replacement. Even though our engineers and those at DPTI were happy that the trains would not impact/vibrate the panels enough to cause further droppage, I felt that we should eliminate any risk that may still exist.

While on site yesterday with Spence Denny from 891 I notice one of the panels vibrate as a train crossed over. As a building inspector with my own business I was concerned that there remained a risk. Admin accepted my suggestion that earlier demolition was important to eliminate any risk that may still be lingering and not wait until replacement could be scheduled.

This has all happened and work will commence later this week as the sign above shows. Starting with the demolition of the concrete slabs.

In the meantime as I noted in my recent “danger, danger, danger” blog post which started all this we are still negotiating with DPTI re funding this work.