What's this project about?
South Terrace supports an active community, business precinct, and is also an important transport corridor. To create a pedestrian-friendly environment that supports street life we're proposing some changes to slow traffic and improve the South Terrace streetscape.
The City of Fremantle plans to upgrade five intersections between Douro Road and South Street over the coming years. Proposals include a ‘slow’ speed node with vibrant artwork, footpath upgrades, landscaping improvements, new street furniture and trees.
The first node, between Sydney Street and Little Lefroy Lane, was completed in November 2018. It was developed based on traffic analysis, meetings with key stakeholders and community engagement with local residents and businesses. $200,000 from the State Government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs Program was allocated to assist construct the project. The City also contributed $175,000 towards the project.
Why has the Jenkin Street intersection been chosen as the next location?
Following the completion of the streetscape improvement at Little Lefroy Lane and Sydney Street, the City intended to work sequentially along South Terrace. In a choice between Charles Street and Jenkin Street, the City has chosen Jenkin Street as the next proposed location for the following reasons:
Existing construction works at the Charles Street intersection, which are not yet complete.
Atco Gas have already completed their proposed upgrade of underground assets on South Terrace at this location (this is not yet completed at Charles Street).
Fits with the City’s planned resurfacing programme.
What about the rest of South Terrace?
Further nodes are subject to Council approval over the coming years but are planned in the following order:
Jenkin Street intersection.
Scott Street intersection.
Charles Street intersection.
Nelson Street intersection.
The order has been carefully considered to account for other construction & underground works and also the City’s resurfacing program. The City plans to complete the upgrades in a sequential order.
If approved, we will engage the affected businesses and relevant government agencies and consult the broader community.
Will the treatment at the Jenkin Street intersection be similar to node one?
The treatment will be similar to the improvements completed at Little Lefroy Lane and Sydney Street, but the design is not yet finalised.
It will include narrowing the road to provide a safer pedestrian environment by reducing the crossing distance. It will also allow for the footpath to be widened, creating more space for pedestrians, street furniture and trees.We’re keen to hear your feedback on node one and ideas and input to inform the design of node two.
Will node two have artwork (and what will the colour scheme be)?
Yes, the South Terrace streetscape improvement at Jenkin Street will receive its own artwork. The City intend to draw inspiration from the existing pavement mosaic outside the Meeting Place on South Terrace, which may include the artwork pattern and some choice of colours (see below photo).
When will you start work on node two?
Phase 1 works for the South Terrace Streetscape improvement at Jenkin Street (node 2) are due to start in March/April 2019. Phase 1 includes in-ground drainage upgrade and connections in anticipation of the street scaping works (phase 2).
Phase 2 works are subject to funding approval in the 2019/20 budget and are provisionally scheduled to take place in Spring 2019 to avoid the winter weather.
Will I be able to access the South Terrace / Jenkin Street area during works?
Yes. Phase one works at the Jenkin Street intersection will be completed mainly during the daytime. During this time, access will be maintained to all businesses along South Terrace. Vehicle access will be maintained and managed using appropriate traffic control in order to minimise disruptions.
Why were temporary speed bumps introduced to South Terrace?
Speed bumps on South Terrace were installed mid-2017 to deliver an interim solution while permanent traffic calming and streetscape upgrades were developed and installed. By slowing the traffic down initially, the City is in a stronger position to advocate to Main Roads (who control speed signs in WA) for an official speed reduction on South Terrace. This project is the second targeted area for the permanent scheme.
For this project, two pairs of temporary speedbumps at the Jenkin Street intersection will be removed and replaced with a long raised platform. Temporary speedbumps in other sections of South Terrace will remain until permanent traffic calming upgrades are finalised.
How will the painted surfaces used hold up to wear and tear?
The decorative paint product used at the first location is guaranteed to last five years. We'll make provision in future maintenance budgets to reapply any worn areas when needed to keep the paint fresh and vibrant.