The call is out for proposals on the $2.6 million upgrade of
Balclutha's main street.
Last week, the Clutha District Council began advertising for
''suitably experienced design consultants'' to provide
proposals for the upgrade. As part of the long-term plan
process earlier this year, the council budgeted $2.6 million
for the upgrade to take place over the next two years.
Council district assets manager Jules Witt said the upgrade
could include redesign of road layouts, new footpath paving,
kerb and channel, street furniture and more plantings.
It also includes placing power lines in the main business
area of Clyde St underground, budgeting $400,000 for that
work. Part of Lawrence's recent main street upgrade included
undergrounding of power lines, which council staff said made
a big difference to the township.
Mr Witt said the request for proposals was the first of three
stages towards the upgrade.
The council would then short-list proposals to proceed to the
second stage, the concept-design and estimate-development
stage. The designs, estimates and pricing would be the basis
for selection for the third stage, the detailed design and
Mr Witt said a working party made up of members of the
Balclutha traffic management study reference group plus
several main street retailers would help to select concept
designs before putting them out to the public for
''The upgrade of the main street area of Balclutha has been a
discussion point in the community for over 30 years. In many
instances, this has been hampered by budget constraints and
discussions on where the state highway may go in future.''
Earlier this year, the council consulted on shifting State
Highway 1 from the main street to one of the existing heavy
traffic bypasses on James St and Charlotte St.
The process drew 769 submissions, 95% of which supported the
status quo - retaining the two heavy-traffic bypasses and
State Highway 1 passing through on Clyde St.
Two-thirds of the submissions were from Balclutha residents.
Mr Witt said there was now a firm commitment to retain the
bypasses, and Clyde St as the state highway route.