Margaret River Main Street Makeover

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Starting in February 2020, Margaret River’s Main Street will begin a transformation. The Main Street Makeover includes a range of improvements designed to create an even more enjoyable place for you to shop, eat, drink and celebrate.

You can find project updates, frequently asked questions and other up to date information on this page.

Please note this information is correct at the time of publishing. Late amendments to traffic management arrangements may be required in the case of changing site conditions. This is to facilitate ongoing project works and ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians. Please adhere to

Starting in February 2020, Margaret River’s Main Street will begin a transformation. The Main Street Makeover includes a range of improvements designed to create an even more enjoyable place for you to shop, eat, drink and celebrate.

You can find project updates, frequently asked questions and other up to date information on this page.

Please note this information is correct at the time of publishing. Late amendments to traffic management arrangements may be required in the case of changing site conditions. This is to facilitate ongoing project works and ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians. Please adhere to onsite traffic arrangements at all times. Updated communications will be reissued as soon as practical.


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    In your FAQ, you mentioned that there will be '9 new pedestrian crossings' to 'make it easier to cross the road'. Are any of these formal zebra crossings, and if not, how do they 'make it easier to cross the road' if pedestrians must still give way to vehicles?

    John32 asked 3 months ago

    The new 9 crossings provide more designated places for pedestrians to cross and are constructed in a different material (exposed aggregate instead of asphalt) to identify them. They are designed to give more visibility, allowing pedestrians to walk out to the edge of the traffic lane, allowing better visibility of oncoming traffic (no cars can park directly next to the crossings, making space on each side to clearly see approaching traffic).

    Crossing points will have pram ramps and tactile paving for the visually impaired. A new median strip is also included in the design, which will slow traffic (it forces traffic to stop each time a car reverse parallel parks, preventing overtaking).

    There will be less large vehicles using the main street due to the completion of the Perimeter Road. In fact, any vehicle other than a bus and semi trailers servicing Coles, Woolworths and IGA will be banned from entering the Main Street through the Main Roads Restricted Access Vehicles (RAV) network.

    So while these are not zebra crossings and pedestrians will still need to give way to vehicles, the type of traffic, and the traffic calming design support a more pedestrian friendly environment on the Main Street. 

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    Dear Shire, would you please advise if the new speed humps near the Walcliffe roundabout are ‘wombat crossings’ for pedestrians. If so, who has the right of way and what signage will be in place? Cars entering Forrest Road needing to stop for pedestrians are halting the flow of traffic and run the risk of being rear-ended.

    Concerned road user asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your concerns about the new crossing points at Wallcliffe Rd roundabout.

    The crossing points are not intended to be wombat crossings and are unlikely to meet the minimum pedestrian numbers required for Main Roads WA approval for such a crossing.  Now that asphalt works are complete, you will notice the crossings are flush with the road surface.

    There is no pedestrian priority associated with the crossings. Pedestrians must give way to all vehicles at roundabouts according to WA Department of Transport.  Options for additional signage will be investigated if required.

    Final line marking  at the new roundabout is scheduled to happen during the next dry weather window, once the Tunbridge/Churchill/Bussell intersection is open again to traffic flows (Tunbridge/Churchill/Bussell intersection is currently It  closed 7-11 July until top asphalting works are complete.

    Kind regards
    The Shire's Main Street project team

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    Just arrived in town for a couple of days holiday Thursday 2nd July to find chaos! Lumbering backhoes, pneumatic drills, mud, barriers everywhere. Nowhere to eat unless you want junk food, no traffic control on entry from Perth or the side roads that are carrying all the diverted traffic. I feel sorry for all the traders on “so called Main St”, we won’t be shopping there. Had to buy cold pork pies for dinner at the IGA! Will be thinking long and hard before we travel south again for a post-Covid break. Cervantes looking good!

    Disappointed asked 4 months ago

    Hi there,

    We’re sorry to hear about your experience visiting Margaret River’s town centre. 

    Major upgrades to Margaret River’s Main Street began in February this year, with critical underground stormwater drainage needing to be installed the entire length of the street to address flooding issues.  We’re taking the opportunity to redo the entire street, making it more pedestrian friendly, improving landscaping, streetscaping and adding a cycle lane in. The project has been in the pipeline for several years and will deliver a number of much needed improvements for our community.

    Fearn Avenue (opposite Riversmith Café) will transform into a Festival Precinct for outdoor events that can be temporarily closed off to traffic. Works also include construction of two new roundabouts at the entrance to town and at the top of the hill to ease traffic flows. 

    We understand that the works are an inconvenience whilst underway, however when completed they will transform the Main Street.

    There is plenty of parking in the town centre – this map helps show available parking spots.
    https://yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/21272/widgets/206228/documents/143952

    Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, many restaurants and cafes are operating at reduced capacities and hours.
    We’re encouraging people to book ahead. Whilst most businesses are open, some mid-week opening hours may vary.

    This website has some handy info https://www.margaretriver.com/whats-open/ alternatively contact businesses directly via their social media or listed contact numbers.

    We ask that you continue to support local businesses across the region, and for your understanding about the long term benefits this project will deliver for visitors and locals alike. There are plenty of incredible places to visit across the Margaret River Region, and hope you can enjoy your stay.

    Kind regards
    Shire of Augusta Margaret River team



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    Could you please let me know if there are any plans to assist kids crossing Georgette Drive (on the corner of Forrest Rd) during the road detours in February? There are a lot of kids (both primary and secondary) walking up Forrest Rd and crossing Georgette. If all south bound traffic is being redirected around the primary school this creates a significant increase in the risk to kids walking and riding to school. Can you let parents and community members know what is being done to mitigate this risk? Also, the timing of these works starting leaves me scratching my head. The first day of the school year (Monday 3rd Feb) is probably the busiest day for parking at the primary school given the kids have heavy book list items to drop off, and parents want to meet new teachers. Starting the road detours on the same day that school starts does seem to be asking for chaos. Is there any flexibility in this start date? As a parent of kids in both primary and secondary schools I would like to know what is being done to ensure kids are going to be safeguarded during these works.

    Tracey Lee-Pullen asked 9 months ago

    Hi Tracey,

    Thanks for your question. We are working closely with the Primary School Principal to ensure there is adequate support at crossing points. Forrest Road, Georgette Drive and Walkington Avenue will be impacted by diverted southbound traffic. One of the main areas we will be paying close attention to is the crossing point on Georgette Drive north, adjacent to the Forrest Road intersection and roundabout. A representative from the Shire and the Primary School will be onsite during school starting and closing times to monitor things closely and address any safety concerns . Pedestrian access will be maintained for students to cross Bussell Highway (near Reuther Park) to and from the High School.

    Whilst there will be disruptions, we ask for the community’s patience and support as we deliver this key community project.

    If you have any additional questions please contact the Project Manager pbrown@amrshire.wa.gov.au or call the Shire on 9780 5255.


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    Where can I find information about the detours that will be in place for the road closures thankyou salli

    Margaret River Gallery asked 9 months ago

    Hi Salli, 

    Thank you for your question. The traffic management and detour details will be published next week and presented at a Community Information Session on Tuesday 21 January 5.30-6.30pm in Margaret River Council Chambers. Hope to see you there! 

    Thanks, 

    Main Street Project Team. 

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    I am extremely concerned relating to the estimate and budget for this project... existing budget minus what has already been spent $8.44M. Cost of phase2.0 $8.36.... hmm you don't have much to play with. I first made it clear that I thought the estimate was wrong to the project manager more than a year ago. Soon afterwards the project was stalled due to funding shortfall. Looks like the same again, as there is no date for stage 2.1,2.2. Is it possible to get a copy of the current estimate. As an experienced project manager with 20yrs in the industry I would be keen to see what level of contingency has been allowed. This is critical in such projects, especially in brownfield sites. After all its the traders on the street that will suffer during the construction work, not the Shire, you'll still get you're rates etc...

    Marc of Iris asked about 1 year ago

    Hello, thank you for your question.

    The Project has been assessed for financial risk and a value of 10% the anticipated construction budget has been allowed as a contingency sum.

    You can view more details about the additional funding approved by the Council in the latest Council Report from 26 June 2019.
    Here is a link to the report on page 96 https://www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/library/file/1Council/Meetings/2019%20Council%20Meetings/OM%2026_06_19%20MINS(1).pdf

    Regards

    Sean Shields
    Project Manager


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    The plans for the Main Street Development seem to have been removed from the Shire's web site. Would it be possible to have plans of the upgrade works available for viewing and download please.

    Wayne asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Wayne

    Please refer to the Staged Implementation plan saved here https://yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/margaret-river-main-street-development/photos/62319

    The draft plans previously posted on our website were removed, as they were out of date. Detailed engineering plans are currently under review and being finalised.  We will post the revised plans on this page once finalised.

    Thanks


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    Hi. Has the redevelopment contract been awarded yet or is the tender still open? When do you expect work will start?

    CraigH asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for the question. The Main Street contract is due to be in place by the end of the month and the Shire is working with Georgiou as the preferred tenderer to finalise details of the contract. Construction  is due to start on October 1 , with preliminary works and meeting with stakeholders planned for August and September. 


    Regards Helen 

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    Has there been a contractor named to complete this job?

    Chris lyall asked over 1 year ago

    Hi  there, thanks for the question. Yes the Shire has been in negotiations with Georgiou Group with regard to being lead contractor for the Main Street Project. 

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    Can you tell me the last time you saw someone cycling uphill southbound? A 2m lane exclusive for this very limited, let's call it negligible demographic, seems as good a waste of money as any of our shire projects has provided.

    steve wrightson asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment-

    The provision of a cycle lane  in the Main Street Project was in response to community feedback on the proposed design.  The cycle lane can be achieved at minimal cost as it is primarily a part the  existing road , with the primary change being new line marking.   It is anticipated the inclusion of  a cycle lane will create an opportunity for safe cycling access to the Main Street and increase the cycling as a commuting option. 

    Kind regards 

    Helen Whitbread

    Project Manager 

    Main Street Redevlopment