Council Street, Cooks Hill, between Darby Street and Bruce Street is undergoing major renewal. This project includes significant infrastructure upgrades, which aim to improve stormwater drainage for the street, as well as the greater Cooks Hill and The Hill catchments.
We will also upgrade the footpath, roadway, kerb and gutter and plant new street trees. The layout of the street will be adjusted to improve traffic circulation and safety and provide additional parking.
The overall project started in January 2019 and is expected to be completed late 2020.
- Upsizing and replacing stormwater drainage
- New road and footpath pavement
- Removal of existing road block
- One way traffic flow from Darby Street to Bruce Street
- Road blisters for traffic calming
- A separated cycle lane and bike racks
- New street trees and landscaped vegetation
- New street lighting, including a smart pole.
- Reduced flood risk to residents and improved overland flow of water
- Safer pedestrian and cycle movements
- Additional 7 car spaces (49 total) to support Darby Street businesses
- 17 new street trees
- Safer access for waste services
- Improved street lighting.
The first section of work between Bruce Street and Glovers Lane is underway with contractors KCE, and includes landscaping, planting beds, stormwater construction and pavement replacement. This has included re-alignment of power and gas services, installation of new power poles and stripping of the road pavement and guttering to access the underground services and prepare for road reconstruction.
Construction between Glovers Lane and Dawson Street has also commenced. Work to be completed in this section includes kerb-to-kerb road reconstruction, footpath construction and gardens, road alignment changes to allow for reverse angle parking, tree planting and landscaping.
Further work will be scheduled to complete the project from Dawson Street through to Darby Street.
During this time, Council Street will be temporarily closed to vehicle traffic between Glovers Lane and Bruce Street, however pedestrian access to properties along Council Street will be maintained. Bruce Street will be closed to public vehicle traffic with access for local resident vehicles only, and will be reduced to one-way at the intersection with Council Street for the length of the construction site.
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Project background and consultation
The renewal of Council Street is part of our commitment to building a smart, liveable, sustainable global city. The aged drainage infrastructure in Council Street and major problems with tree roots of mature trees in the street were significantly impeding the flow of water leading to significant localised flooding. In addition, the interaction of the tree roots and infrastructure caused issues with the road pavement, footpath and guttering as well as impacting residential buildings. The aged trees showed signs of instability with increased risks of the trees falling.
As a result we embarked on a long process of community consultation and engagement to develop a renewal plan to improve stormwater drainage as well as creating an appealing, well-functioning streetscape.
Drainage and stormwater issues
Council Street has regularly experienced sever inundation and localised flooding during major storm events. Council Street is at a critical drainage juncture the Cottage Creek catchment covers large sections of the city from The Junction, The Hill as well as Merewether and Hamilton.
New drainage infrastructure such as pipes and culverts is designed to better manage stormwater inflows from the Cooks Hill and The Hill catchments and to replace the aged pipes.
A major component of this will be the installation of new culverts between July 2019 and late 2020.
The drainage upgrades are the primary reason for undertaking the project.
Street tree removal and replanting
Tree roots created issues with stormwater drainage, parking and trip hazards for pedestrians. Many of the trees had become increasingly unstable due to decay and poorly developed root systems. As well as having significant impact on infrastructure and preventing the management of water inflows these trees were at risk of falling onto properties.
Following extensive consultation and planning the street trees in Council Street were removed in early 2018.
17 new street trees will be planted in Council Street as part of the renewal project. The species selected include Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia ‘tuscarora’ and Lagerstroemia ‘natchez'), Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ - ‘Chanticleer’ Callery Pear and Nyssa sylvatica - Black Gum.
Traffic flow and road safety
Community feedback in 2015 indicated traffic management was a high priority for Cooks Hill residents. In response, Council Street traffic management was investigated as part of the stormwater drainage renewal project.
Following public consultation it was resolved to provide for one way traffic from Darby Street to Bruce Street. This option includes the removal of a mid-block in Council Street and was identified as the safest outcome for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
Once the project is complete the change in traffic flow to one way west will be implemented together with a separated bike lane, reverse angled parking on the north side of Council Street and safer crossing distances for pedestrians.
Analysis by an independent traffic consultant found removal of the mid-block would not result in a significant increase of traffic through Council Street.
A key safety benefit of the traffic arrangements will be to discourage illegal U-turns being made at the Darby Street and Council Street intersection.
Our staff are committed to keeping the community informed of plans and progress of the Council Street renewal project.
This has included multiple community meetings, consultation and public exhibition on key aspects of the project.
More information is available in the following documents:
View the community information session summary - 25 January 2018 (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)