Thanks to the City of Unley, Goodwood Road has undergone a makeover, removing stobie poles, undergrounding powerlines and upgrading the streetscape… and there’s plenty more where that came from.
The popular shopping and dining strip, between the tram line and Victoria Street, now boasts more greening, new street lights, brick paving, improved pedestrian crossings and wider, more accessible footpaths accommodating more outdoor dining opportunities.
The Goodwood library and community centre carpark has also been resurfaced and new trees have been planted in side streets intersecting with Goodwood Road as part of the works.
City of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne said the project had greatly enhanced the precinct and would help it become a destination of choice for locals and visitors.
“We recognise the benefits of making places more accessible, aesthetic and age friendly while also encouraging an active community,” Mr Clyne said.
“We also realise that there are economic benefits to be had by designing our commercial and retail-centred streets in ways that support local businesses. We’re thrilled the project has been finished on time and on budget to benefit local businesses, ratepayers and visitors to the precinct.”
Goodwood Road is a major north-south arterial through the City of Unley carrying about 30,000 vehicles per day, including high volumes of commuter traffic. The road also serves as one of the city’s main commercial and retail centres.
With the streetscape upgrades now complete, all that remains is for artwork to be installed and a road reseal to be conducted by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in September.
Mr Clyne said the Council’s ‘welcome mat’ artwork initiative would be a first for Adelaide and would see coloured bitumen poured into indented designs at the side street intersections.
“The artwork is an exciting and unique opportunity to enhance the streetscape while raising awareness and encouraging an appreciation of art in the public realm. It will be a lasting addition to the significant public artworks we have here in the City of Unley,” he said.
The Council is planning an official launch of the new-look Goodwood Road once the art installations and resealing works have been completed.
For more information, visit unley.sa.gov.au.