Works on the Grampians Road crossing in Halls Gap are nearing completion. Significant works have been undertaken to the area that will result in defined safer walkability for Halls Gap CBD as well as improved visual appeal.
The east half of the new crossing is now complete with the west side expected to be finished within two to three weeks. The construction included the pouring of a concrete slab and the installation of granite paving. The works are complex and significant, taking slightly longer to complete than first anticipated, however, the end is now in sight. There is still works planned for the pedestrian bridge over Stoney Creek.
The works are part of the Halls Gap Village Action Plan which aims to ensure that the Halls Gap Village Centre remains the heart of the town. The action plan has a broad vision of establishing Halls Gap as an internationally identified walking town while improving the interaction between Halls Gap and the rest of the Grampians. These objectives will be met through a number of initiatives including improved access and movement, increased use of commercial land in Halls Gap and enhancing the function and appearance of the Halls Gap Village Centre.
These current works, part of the plan to enhance the Halls Gap Village Centre, have included the installation of street furniture, changes to bike paths and carparks, installation of bike racks, improved landscaping and the installation of new lighting. The new lights will be installed and ready for operation by the end of October.
South West Ward Councillor Jason Hosemans said that while the works had taken a little while to complete, they would be well worth the wait.
“This is a unique work of art that will add to the character of Halls Gap, it can’t be rushed,” he said.
“The crossing is fantastic. It is made of tiny individual pieces of granite stone that can’t be poured but rather need to be laid carefully.”
“Combined with the new seats and other street furniture, the vision is really coming together. The landscaping is also due to commence.”
“We thank the community and our visitors for their patience through this process. At the end of the day it will be something we can enjoy and appreciate for many years to come.”