THE $14.6 million transformation of key laneways in Adelaide has reached another milestone, after the concept design for Bentham Street in the Market to Riverbank link was revealed for public consultation last week.
The upgrade of the street seeks to balance pedestrian, cycling and vehicular traffic with a proposed design that includes a reduced speed limit, kerb-less wider footpaths, public seating, lighting, public art and greening to create leafy walk ways.
The concept design represents the revitalisation of Adelaide's underutilised small streets and laneways that will be transformed into an energising and vibrant Market to Riverbank link. The concept design was developed as a result of the laneways consultation that was undertaken in 2016 and endorsed by the Bentham Street stakeholders.
As part of the project, the southern 120 metres of Bentham Street will be converted to a one-way street allowing only southbound motor vehicle movements (except for bicycles, emergency services vehicles and City of Adelaide authorised vehicles).
The northern 20-metre section of Bentham Street between Waymouth Street and Peppers Waymouth Hotel porte-cochere exit would be retained as two-way, maintaining northbound egress from Peppers Waymouth Hotel. The existing nine on-street parking spaces will be reconfigured to include six short term parking spaces and two loading zones. Clear signage will communicate these proposed changes to the streetscape.
The revitalisation of Adelaide's laneways follows a $14.6 million commitment by the South Australian Government and City of Adelaide to transform the network of small streets and laneways between the Adelaide Central Market and the Riverbank.
The network of laneways were identified as a priority for the city and a key driver for the Laneways Master Plan, along with the implementation of South Australian Government projects within the Adelaide Riverbank, including the Festival Plaza redevelopment and upgrades to Station Road.
The Market to Riverbank link is well underway, with Stage 1 commenced in Bank Street and Topham Mall North with an estimated completion at the end of 2017. Following the detailed design phase, Bentham Street is expected to commence construction in late December 2017 to January 2018.