Douglas Pde & Ferguson St maintenance and beautification works

Williamstown

Council will soon commence maintenance and streetscape works within Douglas Parade and Ferguson Street, Williamstown. These works will include the reconstruction of sections of footpath in a state of disrepair, beautification works around trees, replacement of bollards and installation of pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Stevedore Street and Douglas Parade.

As part of this project, and any capital works project delivered by Council, the safety of our community members and the accessibility of our city are paramount. In accordance with this intention, this project will deliver improved footpaths that are smoother and more even than the existing footpaths, with no trip or mobility hazards.

 To achieve this, 16 trees on Douglas Parade will be replaced with a more suitable species for this area’s streetscape environment. This species is far more suitable due to the way its roots grow, which don’t disrupt or interfere with the footpaths. All trees will be replaced with a mature planting that will be approximately 3.0m in height. These replacement works will provide consistency to the streetscape and improve safety.

Works are expected to commence the week starting 9 September 2019 and will take approximately eight weeks to complete, weather dependant.

In accordance with the Environmental Protection Regulations (Residential Noise) 2008 Section 3, construction works will be carried out from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. If construction works are planned outside of these hours, residents in the immediate vicinity will be notified in advance. Every effort will be made to minimise the noise level from construction activities.

Please note that access to some properties and businesses will be impacted by the works and those affected will be contacted separately.

Why are these works being done?

These works will improve safety, amenity and aesthetic of the trading precinct for all members of the community. 

Council has identified the need for footpath rehabilitation works in Douglas Parade and Ferguson Street, Williamstown. The footpaths have become uneven due to tree root obstruction and general wear and tear, which can present safety and mobility risks.  

Council will also undertake minor maintenance works such as filling in missing bluestone paving and replacing tactiles markers on the ground to improve the appearance and general amenity of the streetscape.

Will businesses have access to their properties?

Council will endeavour to maintain access to all businesses during operating hours. Access to properties may be restricted. If you require access to your property/business during construction hours please contact Daniel Grigson, Senior Project Manager on 0437 919 518. Council will endeavour to provide access in a timely manner, but there will be some delays while measures are implemented to ensure safe access.  

When will these works take place?

Council is delivering these works during cooler months to ensure they are complete by the summer trading period. Works will be conducted from September to November.

Are trees being replaced?

As part of these works, Council is removing 16 trees that are impacting the asphalt pavement and planting 16 new mature jacaranda trees. Jacaranda trees are elegant with soft, green foliage that turns yellow in winter before shedding. Flowering occurs in summer, when purple, bell-shaped blooms are produced, covering the canopy. The seed pods are very distinct fleshy curved green pods that eventually dry and open. 

It is an attractive open tree with branches upwardly ascending, a great summertime feature due to its stunning purple flowers. These trees will provide opportunities for regeneration and overall improvement in the quality of the tree population, and increase the aesthetics of the trading precinct.

Are pedestrian crossings being installed?

Two raised pedestrian crossings will be installed on both sides of the Stevedore Street roundabout at Douglas Parade.

Is new asphalting being installed?

Works involve the removal of part of the existing layer of asphalt in identified areas prior to the placement of a new layer. The asphalt resurfacing will prolong the footpath life and provide an improved surface.      

Will Council’s garbage collection change during the works?

There will be no change to garbage and recycling collections. Bins can be placed at the usual location. If waste collection truck access is blocked, Council’s contractor will shift the bin to a suitable location and return it to where you left it after it has been emptied.

What are the hours of work?

In accordance with the Environmental Protection Regulations (Residential Noise) 2008 Section 3, construction works will be carried out from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. If construction works are planned outside these hours, residents in the immediate vicinity will be notified in advance. Every effort will be made to minimise the noise level from construction activities.

Location

Douglas Parade & Ferguson Street, Williamstown 3016  View Map

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