G­rey S­treet up­gra­de

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus - S­taff re­por­ter

The Knys­na Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty has sta­ted that fol­lo­wing the pu­blic enga­ge­ment ses­si­ons held on 20 and 21 Fe­bru­a­ry this y­e­ar on the pro­po­sed G­rey S­treet ur­ban re­ne­wal up­gra­des, the draft ur­ban de­sign fra­me­work (UDF) is being re­vi­sed and com­ple­ted as part of the con­cep­tu­al and de­sign de­ve­lop­ment sta­ge of the pro­ject.

“The need for a traf­fic im­pact as­ses­sment is re­cog­ni­sed by all as part of the de­sign de­ve­lop­ment sta­ge and is cur­rent­ly being un­der­ta­ken be­fo­re ma­king a­vai­la­ble the fi­nal draft UDF for fi­nal pu­blic and sta­ke­hol­der in­puts. The traf­fic im­pact as­ses­sment will in­clu­de traf­fic counts, im­pact of pro­po­sed chan­ges to tur­ning la­nes and par­king con­fi­gu­ra­ti­on through de­tailed traf­fic mo­del­ling. The out­co­me of this as­ses­sment will re­com­mend ad­jus­t­ments to the draft UDF to en­s­u­re the most op­ti­mal street­s­ca­pe up­gra­de that im­pro­ve the functi­o­na­li­ty of the G­rey S­treet no­de,” the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty said in a sta­te­ment.

The key e­le­ments of the pro­po­sed ur­ban up­gra­de dis­cus­sed at the pu­blic enga­ge­ments in­clu­ded the fol­lo­wing: ro­ad and pe­de­stri­an in­fra­struc­tu­re up­gra­des; par­king; sig­na­ge and s­treet fur­ni­tu­re; sa­fe­ty and se­cu­ri­ty; pu­blic o­pen spa­ces; ur­ban art; and lands­ca­pe up­gra­des.

Ser­vi­ces in­fra­struc­tu­re a pri­o­ri­ty

“Pu­blic in­puts emp­ha­si­sed that as a mi­ni­mum re­qui­re­ment the ro­ad sur­fa­ce, si­de­walks and cros­sings need to be up­gra­ded with high-qua­li­ty ma­te­ri­als and on­ly com­men­ce af­ter ser­vi­ces in­fra­struc­tu­re be­low the ro­ad sur­fa­ce is ful­ly up­gra­ded – so­mething that has been ta­ken in­to ac­count du­ring pro­ject plan­ning. Traf­fic con­ge­s­ti­on is a ma­jor pro­blem and the pro­po­sed chan­ges need to con­si­der im­pro­vement, not to be con­fu­sed with in­cre­a­se, of vehi­cu­lar traf­fic in re­la­ti­on to pe­de­stri­an needs,” the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty said in a sta­te­ment.

They ad­ded that the draft ur­ban de­sign con­cept in­tends to de­cen­tra­li­se the flow of traf­fic to and from the taxi rank; im­pro­ve con­ge­s­ti­on; and al­low for fa­ci­li­ties that ac­com­mo­da­te pu­blic trans­port al­ong the s­treet. P­re­ce­dents from a­cross the wor­ld il­lus­tra­te that pe­de­stri­a­ni­za­ti­on of towns and ci­ties is on­ly a­chie­va­ble w­hen pu­blic trans­port sy­s­tems are gi­ven pri­o­ri­ty.

The up­gra­de of the G­rey S­treet wa­ter main in­fra­struc­tu­re will be do­ne as one pro­ject with the s­treet, si­de­walk and com­ple­men­ta­ry s­treet fur­ni­tu­re up­gra­des w­hen con­structi­on com­men­ces. Bud­get for the pro­ject has been al­lo­ca­ted to the va­lue of R18-mil­li­on o­ver two fi­nan­ci­al y­e­ars and im­ple­men­ta­ti­on will the­re­fo­re ta­ke pla­ce in sta­ges. –

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