- Wednesday 09 March 2016
New artist impressions have revealed how Bulcock Street will soon look and they have generated plenty of excitement amongst Caloundra businesses ahead of construction starting next week.
The streetscape impressions show off a modern, dynamic canopy lighting feature, a new street profile that removes upright kerbs to cater for events, contemporary street furniture, and extra trees and shrubs.
The upgrade will build on the street’s existing character, significantly enhance the look and experience of the area, improve safety and access, and provide a drawcard which maintains and builds a sustainable economy for Caloundra.
It will transform the section of Bulcock Street from Felicity Park to just past the Minchinton Street roundabout.
Acting Director Infrastructure Services Tom Jamieson said council had received a very positive response from Bulcock Street traders, who have met with the project team ahead of construction.
“The upgrade has been welcomed by business owners because it will encourage more people to visit the town to support them and encourage extra activities such as evening trading and events,” Mr Jamieson said.
“The bespoke lighting feature, which will light up the street in a vibrant way at night and provide shade during the day, is certainly a highlight of the streetscape design and the new artist impressions showcase it well.
“The contemporary street furniture, additional plants, and improved road and footpaths are also vital elements of the design which will transform the street.
“Other features include advanced smart city technology, a major stormwater drainage upgrade, directional signage and public art.
“In cooperation with Unitywater, the aging primary water mains will also be replaced on both sides of Bulcock Street.”
If you want to know more about the project, see artist impressions of the new streetscape or experience interactive displays of innovative smart city technologies drop in to the project information office and Smart Centre at 63 Bulcock Street (open from mid-April).
The streetscape upgrade is scheduled to be completed in late November/early December, weather permitting.
- Temporary traffic and parking changes will occur during construction. From March 14 until the project’s completion (excluding Easter school holidays) one-way traffic flow will be in place along Bulcock Street. Traffic control and signage will be in place.
- Pedestrian access, vehicle movement and car parking will be retained wherever safe and practical throughout the CBD during construction, and the markets and other events will continue to operate.
- The two fig trees in the Otranto Avenue and Minchinton Street roundabouts will remain. New advanced size street trees will replace five fig trees in Bulcock Street during the construction process. Both council and independent arborists have determined that the roadside fig trees present significant safety issues caused by structural instability, property damage caused by root systems and ongoing maintenance costs. Council is replacing these trees while the streetscape upgrade is underway to minimise disruption to businesses and the community. More appropriate tree species have been selected and are being grown especially for the street.
- A new high capacity underground stormwater drainage system will be installed along Otranto Avenue and part of Bulcock Street. It will include a major subsurface stormwater filter (a gross pollutant trap as installed recently in Maroochydore), which will help prevent rubbish from entering the Pumicestone Passage, greatly enhancing water quality.
- Council and its contractors are working with businesses adjacent to the construction zones to ensure they can continue to operate during the construction period. Advance information is being provided to enable businesses to forward plan and provide information about construction to customers.
Construction at a glance:
- Pedestrian access will be retained along Bulcock Street and to all businesses during each business’ trading hours. The Sunday markets and other events will continue to operate.
- From March 14 until the project’s completion (excluding Queensland Easter school holidays) one-way traffic flow and parking will occur along Bulcock Street from the Otranto Avenue roundabout to Minchinton Street roundabout. Traffic control and signage will be in place.
- To minimise inconvenience to residents and visitors, construction has been planned to take place in sections over a series of smaller construction zones.