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Major upgrade to Queanbeyan CBD

By QCC - 26 July 2011 12

Queanbeyan City Council and contractor Hansen-Yuncken have commenced construction on the most significant upgrade to the CBD in Queanbeyan’s history – the Crawford St Lifestyle Precinct.

The Lifestyle Precinct will see the section of Crawford St between Monaro and Morisset Sts turned into a pedestrian-friendly area where alfresco dining and a new mix of retail will be encouraged. When complete, traffic flow will be reduced to a single lane in both directions. The footpaths will be significantly widened and levelled to create a much more pleasant place to enjoy a meal or entertainment or just shop. Existing parking spaces will be retained when construction is complete.

“The Crawford St Lifestyle Precinct is the most significant work to be undertaken on the Queanbeyan CBD in history,” Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said. “The community has told Council through surveys and community consultation that they want to see the CBD upgraded and this project is the first step to revitalising our CBD.

“When complete Queanbeyan residents will be able to have a coffee and a bite to eat in a pedestrian-friendly area without having to travel across the border.”

The project, which also includes the replacement of new water mains along Crawford St, is expected to take 43 weeks to complete and will be split into two stages. Preliminary works commenced earlier this week and Stage 1 is expected to commence on Monday 1 August. Stage 1 is expected to take 18 weeks and will involve the removal of the mid-street planter and demolition and reconstruction of centre of the road. Stage two will continue for the rest of construction and will see the western side of the road demolished and reconstructed, footpaths leveled and widened with new lighting and plantings.

Stage 1 traffic changes
Traffic flow in Crawford St will be reduced to one lane in a northbound direction along western side of Crawford St (Sam’s Warehouse side). Motorists will still be able to turn left from Monaro St into Crawford St and continue along Crawford St in a northerly direction. Traffic will not be able to turn right or left from Morisset St into Crawford St or go straight from the Crawford St/Morisset St lights in a south-bound direction. There will be no parking available on the eastern side (Continental Cakes) during State 1. There will still be pedestrian access.

Stage 2 traffic changes
Stage 2 will see traffic moved to the centre of the street and will be two-way, single lane with access with Crawford St open at both ends. Parking will be returned to the eastern side of the street and removed from the western side. There will still be pedestrian access.

“Obviously with such a large project there will be some significant changes to traffic flow along Crawford St,” Cr Overall said.

“The most significant change will occur during Stage 1 when just one lane of Crawford St will be open to traffic in the north-bound direction. During the first stage I would encourage motorists to avoid Crawford St if possible and to take care if they do need to travel along it.

“Residents should be aware that during construction a temporary carpark will be available on the site of the former Queanbeyan Age building at 204-214 Crawford St. access to this carpark will be via Fallick Lane.

“While a temporary carpark is available I would encourage residents to use alternate carparks around the CBD including those located behind Sam’s Warehouse, Riverside Plaza and City Link Plaza and in Collett St.”

Throughout the construction period the bus interchange will be relocated to the corner of Lowe and Morisset Sts.

Queanbeyan City Council will be providing regular updates through the following avenues:

  • Council’s websitewww.qcc.nsw.gov.au click on the link on the front page for information
  • Crawford St Lifestyle Precinct update – a newsletter will be developed and sent to businesses in the CBD each fortnight. Businesses and residents can subscribe to this by emailing ricky.tozer@qcc.nsw.gov.au
  • Facebook – regular updates will be posted on www.facebook.com/qbncity
  • Twitter – regular updates will be posted on Council’s Twitter stream – @Queanbeyancity
  • City Life – Council’s official newsletter is published every two months and will carry updates. The newsletter is mailed or delivered to ratepayers and is also available on the website.

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12 Responses to
Major upgrade to Queanbeyan CBD
EvanJames 10:49 am 28 Jul 11

ThatUniStudent said :

I remember that, it was only a few weeks ago. I walked up to them one day and asked “Have you found the treasure yet?”

Oh that is so cruel! They did do some amazing holes, at one point you could just see the digging machine sticking out the top. But because once past that roundabout you’re stuck on Morrisett St, it was a total pain if you went to Coles or Riverside, because then you had to go around on Crawfod and onto Monaro St to get back across to the other side of the river. The nursery suffered, too.

Stuffing Crawford up is not bright, when it’s a major route around. It already doesn’t work well. And those bloody lights on the Woolies Servo corner are rubbish, they take forever to process traffic through which doesn’t help.

veg 10:24 am 28 Jul 11

putting a bulldozer through the whole CBD would be an excellent upgrade

ThatUniStudent 6:18 pm 27 Jul 11

EvanJames said :

I’d take their project timings with a sack of salt. They did some major work involving a series of holes on the palm tree intersection next to Coles. It was meant to be done in a week or so… took weeks and weeks, and caused some serious traffic issues around Morrisett and Crawford streets.

What they need is another bridge!

I remember that, it was only a few weeks ago. I walked up to them one day and asked “Have you found the treasure yet?”
They asked “What treasure?”
So I replied “The one you’ve spent the last few weeks digging up the road trying to find obviously.”
They wern’t happy but they finished 2 days leter so they must have found the treasure.

Yes, this will be a mess. I don’t see much of an advantage to it. It will just make one of the main roads a pain to use, and will provide more space for the verandah of the Royal Hotel to collapse on to.

Classified 3:58 pm 27 Jul 11

qbngeek said :

Classified said :

qbngeek said :

I am going to counter all the moaners by saying that I think this is a great idea. It will be good to see Queanbeyan get a new lease on life and a bit of revitalisation. I personally think Queanbeyan is a much more interesting place than anywhere in Canberra with many more friendly people and if you dig into the local history a little you might be surprised.

If it is such a hassle to go and get crap pizzas that taste like rubbish then I suggest you try making your own. I do it all the time and it takes me about 20 mins to make 4-5 pizzas from scratch with the exception of the dough which takes about 10 mins to make and then abnout 30 mins to rise (which doesn’t count because you can sit in front of the TV during that time) and they taste so much nicer.

Settle down pussy cat – I love Queanbo. I was just describing the location!

AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH /aggro

Sorry, didn’t mean to go on a massive rant. Had a rubbish morning and decided to unleash on RiotACT like everyone else does. BTW my day hasn’t gotten any better, hows yours?

And I am glad that you love Quangers, at least we can beat down all the haters from the ACT.

Hope your day gets better!

I’m unconcerned about haters from that ACT – they all look the same to me…

qbngeek 3:44 pm 27 Jul 11

Classified said :

qbngeek said :

I am going to counter all the moaners by saying that I think this is a great idea. It will be good to see Queanbeyan get a new lease on life and a bit of revitalisation. I personally think Queanbeyan is a much more interesting place than anywhere in Canberra with many more friendly people and if you dig into the local history a little you might be surprised.

If it is such a hassle to go and get crap pizzas that taste like rubbish then I suggest you try making your own. I do it all the time and it takes me about 20 mins to make 4-5 pizzas from scratch with the exception of the dough which takes about 10 mins to make and then abnout 30 mins to rise (which doesn’t count because you can sit in front of the TV during that time) and they taste so much nicer.

Settle down pussy cat – I love Queanbo. I was just describing the location!

AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH /aggro

Sorry, didn’t mean to go on a massive rant. Had a rubbish morning and decided to unleash on RiotACT like everyone else does. BTW my day hasn’t gotten any better, hows yours?

And I am glad that you love Quangers, at least we can beat down all the haters from the ACT.

Classified 3:26 pm 27 Jul 11

qbngeek said :

I am going to counter all the moaners by saying that I think this is a great idea. It will be good to see Queanbeyan get a new lease on life and a bit of revitalisation. I personally think Queanbeyan is a much more interesting place than anywhere in Canberra with many more friendly people and if you dig into the local history a little you might be surprised.

If it is such a hassle to go and get crap pizzas that taste like rubbish then I suggest you try making your own. I do it all the time and it takes me about 20 mins to make 4-5 pizzas from scratch with the exception of the dough which takes about 10 mins to make and then abnout 30 mins to rise (which doesn’t count because you can sit in front of the TV during that time) and they taste so much nicer.

Settle down pussy cat – I love Queanbo. I was just describing the location!

EvanJames 2:27 pm 27 Jul 11

I’d take their project timings with a sack of salt. They did some major work involving a series of holes on the palm tree intersection next to Coles. It was meant to be done in a week or so… took weeks and weeks, and caused some serious traffic issues around Morrisett and Crawford streets.

What they need is another bridge!

arescarti42 1:48 pm 27 Jul 11

Adza said :

In addition, someone stupidly approved Pizza Hut to be next door to Dominos, with no extra parking. People are constantly double parking on Crawford Street to pick up pizza. Let’s hope it’s not as bad as I predict.

Or people could be not be completely lazy and instead park in the massive car park behind Sam’s Warehouse and walk 80 metres across the road to Dominos. It’d add maybe a 1.5 minute walk to picking up a pizza.

qbngeek 10:59 am 27 Jul 11

I am going to counter all the moaners by saying that I think this is a great idea. It will be good to see Queanbeyan get a new lease on life and a bit of revitalisation. I personally think Queanbeyan is a much more interesting place than anywhere in Canberra with many more friendly people and if you dig into the local history a little you might be surprised.

If it is such a hassle to go and get crap pizzas that taste like rubbish then I suggest you try making your own. I do it all the time and it takes me about 20 mins to make 4-5 pizzas from scratch with the exception of the dough which takes about 10 mins to make and then abnout 30 mins to rise (which doesn’t count because you can sit in front of the TV during that time) and they taste so much nicer.

Classified 10:24 am 27 Jul 11

Crawford st is already a nightmare at some times. Try driving along to park in front of the pizza places on a Thursday night.

Adza 10:09 am 27 Jul 11

Personally I think this will make Crawford Street a nightmare to navigate. Traffic already banks up during peak periods back from Monaro Street to nearly Morrisette Street. In addition, someone stupidly approved Pizza Hut to be next door to Dominos, with no extra parking. People are constantly double parking on Crawford Street to pick up pizza. Let’s hope it’s not as bad as I predict.

MERC600 1:45 pm 26 Jul 11

” 43 weeks to complete “. It will be well completed before the GDE is.

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