Construction activities in Ballarat31/12/2018
The Victorian Government is getting on with delivering major projects for Ballarat, creating jobs and contributing to the economic growth of the city.
As a result of the significant infrastructure being constructed over the coming months there will be some changes to traffic conditions in parts of the Ballarat CBD. Victorian government agencies have been working together to minimise disruption and construction impacts on the community at this time.
The Ballarat GovHub is a key Victorian Government initiative, valued at more than $100 million, that will accommodate up to 1,000 government employees including 600 roles relocated from Melbourne. Construction of the GovHub will commence on January 9 and is expected to be completed by 2020.
Construction activities have been carefully planned to minimise noise and other disruptions.
What to expect from January 9 during the early phase of construction:
- Installation of timber hoarding around the entire site to ensure worker and public safety
- Armstrong Street North will be closed between Mair Street and Market Street to allow for the movement of heavy vehicles in and out of the site
- Demolition of the lower hall, as identified in the approved planning permit, prior to the construction of a new community space
- Relocation of the council-owned skate park to another site managed by the City of Ballarat
- Closure of the car park
- Excavation works starting in February 2019 for up to five months
- All works on site are subject to strict controls in accordance with construction regulations
- Construction will take place between 7am and 5pm Monday to Friday and between 7am and 3.30pm on Saturday, with no noisy works occurring before 9am on Saturday
Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment
Stage one of the station redevelopment, the 405-space multi-level commuter car park will be opening to the public in late January.
The opening of the car park will result in changes to how commuters access the precinct, with new entry and exit points for drivers and pedestrians.
The new car park, which will replace existing informal car parking arrangements, will include more spaces in a modern facility, with lighting and CCTV for increased safety.
The new car park will be accessible to eastbound and westbound traffic on Nolan Street from 20 January. Drivers will need to enter the new internal road from Nolan Street to access parking. The Lydiard Street North entrance will no longer be used until the completion of the precinct redevelopment in late 2020.
At the time of the car park opening the intersection at the new entrance will be controlled with a stop sign for traffic from Nolan Street. Traffic lights will be installed as part of the bus interchange development and will be in operation once that project is complete, and buses start using the new facility.
The gravel area near the Goods Shed will be fenced off and no longer accessible to the public. Fences will be installed around the site and signs will redirect drivers to the new car park.
Pedestrians entering the station from Soldiers Hill can enter the precinct along the path adjacent to the new internal road. The footpath leads to a covered walkway and the overpass to the rail platforms.
From February 2019 Stage Two of Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment will begin. Fencing will be erected around the construction zone to make way for the refurbishment of the Goods Shed and the construction of the hotel.
Work will also commence on the new bus interchange.
Mair Street Upgrade
The Mair Street Upgrade will support the economic and population growth of Ballarat for years to come and is an important part of the City of Ballarat’s CBD Strategy: Making Ballarat Central (2010). The project will improve traffic flow with two lanes in each direction and upgraded intersections. Pedestrian safety will also be improved, as well and making Mair Street a nicer place to be with the creation of a tree-lined boulevard.
Construction of Stage One will commence on January 7 with the upgrade of the Humffray Street intersection. We will be upgrading the traffic lights, increasing capacity for turning vehicles and improving the road surface and kerbing. These works will be followed by improvements to the Doveton Street intersection to support the GovHub development and a full upgrade to two lanes in each direction between Davies Street and Humffray Street. Stage One is expected to be complete by mid-2019.
During construction there will be some disruptions, but full access will be retained to businesses along the street. We encourage locals to support these businesses and shop local while navigating the roadworks in the area.
Parking in the CBD
The Victorian Government has provided $2 million to the City of Ballarat’s Car Parking Strategy to deliver 1,000 new car parks across the City.
The first 300 new car parks will be delivered in Creswick Road, to offset the loss of 275 car parks due to the construction of the Ballarat GovHub.
An additional 1,000 car parks will be delivered in Ballarat through the Government’s new $30 million Regional Car Parks Fund, bringing the total number of Victorian Government funded parking spaces to 3,000.
GovHub Construction Works: Mick Paige from Kane Nicholson: email@example.com or 5322 5444
Car Parking: The City of Ballarat 5320 5500 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment: email@example.com or 9027 5457
Mair Street Upgrade: regionalroads.vic.gov.au/map/western-improvements/mair-street-upgrade---ballarat