Gawler Place is actually costing nearly $17 million. The services and foundation work cost a lot more than anticipated. Sadly expensive, but worthwhile.Joelmark wrote: ↑Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:50 amYep. They don't even need to spend that much money on it. It baffles me that they have spent 8 million dollars or so on Gawler Place (note: not opposed to the upgrade but reckon they could have economised a bit) when Currie and Grenfell Streets could be brought up to standard with 3 or 4 million dollars - it doesn't have to be anything amazing; just some decent new flagstone paving, new lighting, plenty of trees. Is anyone from the City Council listening on here?! lol.
The last council was very keen to do something with Currie/Grenfell, but wanted and needed state funding that wasn't forthcoming (even though the gov had redirected many more buses to the street). I haven't heard the current council make peep about it though. They should. It's not only an embarrassment but a disincentive to use public transport (who wants to wait for a bus in a shabby, poorly lit and sometimes unsafe feeling street?).
It will need much more than 3 or 4 million dollars though. As someone else said recently, after a lot of shoddy upgrades we've learned that the only way to do pavement with our reactive soils is to lay a concrete base first - and that costs. But I'd argue it's worth it for our primary transit mall.