The intersection will have “pedestrian priority” zebra crossings consistent with the roundabouts in Liebig Street where it intersects with Lava, Koroit and Timor streets as well as a new road surface, lighting and footpath.
Warrnambool City Council Mayor Tony Herbert says that the upgrades make the intersection easier and safer for everyone to navigate.
“One of the overarching principles of the City Centre Renewal, which came from extensive feedback from community workshops, is to create a welcoming, safe place for pedestrians of all mobility levels,”
“The Koroit and Kepler Street intersection is one of the busiest in the CBD, and that is why we are committed to these important safety and accessibility upgrades."
Councillor Herbert says that another important feature of the work was the beautification of the city centre.
“This intersection is seen by many residents as an extension of the main street and will have some treatments similar to Liebig Street, like bluestone paving and beautiful gardens beds,"
“It is important for the community to remember that Council was able to leverage much of the funding for this work through a State Government pedestrian safety program and added to it from Council’s car parking fund,"
“We really appreciate everyone’s patience while these works are under way,"
“This council is committed to improving street safety, presentation and infrastructure.”
Once work on the southern side of the intersection is complete, work will then “flip” to the north side for approximately two weeks, before a final full three to four day roundabout closure in approximately early September.
Work at the intersection of Kepler and Timor streets is nearing completion, with no more interruptions to vehicle traffic scheduled. These works are expected to be completed by the end of July.
For more information visit www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au.