Friday 16 December 2016
The second stage of the Merimbula CBD By-pass will be completed in the days before Christmas, with Bega Valley Shire Council moving to make the area ready for the town’s influx of summer visitors.
Residents and businesses will notice temporary works taking place on vacant land at the intersection of Market and Monaro Streets and Palmers Lane.
The old service station site has been fenced for some time for public safety reasons, that fencing has come down this week with a mix of street furniture to be installed.
Terry Dodds, Director Transport and Utilities said that the sites history meant Council needed to find a special treatment for the site, which includes hard sealing the area in order to open the space to the community.
“The works will tie in with the opening of some new businesses adjoining the land,” Mr Dodds said.
“A more permanent solution is being developed as part of the broader by-pass project, but we saw an opportunity to activate this space now using a temporary solution.”
New traffic measures will also be trialled this summer in line with Council’s aim to reduce congestion within the Merimbula CBD.
“The by-pass will have a positive effect on the town next summer, but while construction continues we are looking to see what we can be done in the meantime,” Mr Dodds said.
With the support of the Merimbula Chamber of Commerce, seven short stay car parking spaces along Market Streets will make way for slip lanes in order to keep traffic moving and reduce the tendency of vehicles backing up north and south of the CBD during the peak season.
In a letter of support to Council’s Traffic Committee, Chamber President, James Smith said the trial will be well received by business owners.
Two of the car parking spaces changing over currently offer five minute parking, three are 30 minute parking and the remaining two offer one hour parking.
New street signage is being installed to help motorists adjust to the change.
The trial coincides with the revitalisation of the Palmer Street carpark, with Council staff putting the finishing touches to landscaping this week. The timber used was salvaged from works at Tathra.
“The Merimbula CBD By-pass is on track for completion in the second half of 2017 which will really bring together the ambition we all share which is to see the town thrive,” Mr Dodds said.
Photograph: Landscaping works at the Palmer Street carpark