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CBD Revitalisation Stage One - Cox Street

Overview

The overall aims of the project include:
• Creating a landmark entry into the CBD area.
• Creating a strong, active urban edge to Cox Street.
• Promoting opportunities for large format retail/bulky goods development along Cox Street, and infill development in the
blocks immediately behind Cox Street.
• Improve active frontages and retail potential along French Street and Station Street.
• Promote mixed use development along the eastern side of Cox Street, beyond the double row landscape boulevard and
have active frontages that take advantage of proposed landscape interface.

Background

The Hamilton Structure Plan identified the importance of Cox Street entry precinct and the opportunities for it to present as a proud town entrance, while at the same time demonstrating opportunities for a vibrant retail precinct with large format stores within the CBD area. The precinct draws on information gained from the community workshops and works with the existing land ownership pattern.

This project will concentrate on the design of the landscaped axis boulevard to create a pedestrian/bicycle path, producing the strong urban edge to Cox Street to facilitate retail development consistent with the Southern Grampians Shire’s Master plan and retail strategies. The aims will improve walkability and safety, as well as present the town in an attractive way for residents, visitors and prospective investors.


Project details

Works to be completed as part of the redevelopment include:
• Widening of the eastern side of Cox Street from Lonsdale to French and installation of new median strip
• Upgrade of the existing roundabouts
• Construction of new 3.0m wide shared footpath on eastern side of Cox Street
• Construction of new pocket park and furniture at south eastern corner of Cox and Gray Streets
• Planting of street trees in median strip and along eastern side of Cox Street
• Undergrounding of existing and new powerlines along eastern side of Cox Street

For a detailed drawing of the Cox Street Revitalisation project, click here.

Current Status

Works are continuing to progress on the Hamilton Cox Street Redevelopment Project with Powercor and Telstra roadside boring nearing completion. Installation of temporary solar street lighting is anticipated to be finalised by the end of the June, remaining in place until permanent lighting is connected.

The NBN contract, which is funded within the project budget, was awarded at the June ordinary Council meeting with NBN works set to commence immediately.

Heavy vehicles are reminded to continue to use the Heavy Vehicle Detour as water main works scheduled for the start of July will lead to a full closure of the Gray Street/Cox Street roundabout between Sedgwick Street and Clarendon Street. Local businesses will have managed access with the closure anticipated to take approximately one week (weather permitting).

Heavy Vehicle Detour

Cox Street Heavy Vehicle Detour

Council will temporarily detour heavy vehicles from Cox Street throughout the construction period.

The temporary heavy vehicle detour for trucks and buses will follow:

From Coleraine Road: Mount Baimbridge Road, Portland Road, South Boundary Road, Mt Napier Road, Petschels Lane, Hamilton Highway and Ballarat Road.

From Glenelg Highway: Hamilton Highway, Petschels Lane, Mt Napier Road, South Boundary Road, Portland Road, Mount Baimbridge Road and Coleraine Road.

From Hamilton Highway: Petschels Lane, Mt Napier Road, South Boundary Road, Portland Road, Mount Baimbridge Road and Coleraine Road.

This will ensure safety for those working on the project, pedestrians and motorists.

Click here for more information on the temporary detour.


Traffic Management - General

Public access will be maintained along Cox Street throughout the majority of the construction period.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane for the majority of the construction period, however there may be times where the road will need to be closed entirely and in this case, a detour will be necessary.
Council will provide further advice about this disruption as required on our Website, via social media and our local media.

Access to local businesses/property will be managed and determined by the traffic plan which will be developed by the successful contractor. Council will be in contact with businesses to discuss any direct impacts to traffic flow or pedestrian access.

For more information:
Please email projects@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au

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