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Virginia Main Street Upgrade

We are delighted to announce that the $8.88 million upgrade to Virginia Main Street will be commencing shortly. Tenders for the construction contract have been advertised to industry, and a contract is expected to be awarded in March. An announcement of the construction start date and successful contractor will be made once the contract has been finalised.

The Virginia Main Street upgrade will run from the entrance of the Virginia Sports Oval to just south of the intersection with Penfield and Sheedy Roads.

The main street upgrade features:

  • Wide shared pedestrian and cycle paths
  • A priority pedestrian crossing
  • Improvement to stormwater infrastructure
  • Replacement of existing street trees with a suitable species
  • On-street parking and provision for disability and long vehicle parking
  • Development of the Virginia Institute Park into a community destination

Future sewer infrastructure

The Main Street Upgrade was originally planned for 2021, however the commencement was rescheduled in order to allow time for Council and SA Water to discuss the installation of sewer infrastructure within Old Port Wakefield Road while still meeting Council’s grant funding deadline obligations. These discussions have resulted in SA Water bringing forward their design works and providing sufficient detail to the project team prior to construction starting. This will help to ensure pre-work supporting the future sewer installation can be included in the upgrade to minimise future rework.

Council has also agreed to provide a land easement to SA Water for the construction of the pumping station infrastructure. SA Water will progress with the detailed design and secure funding for the installation of sewerage within Virginia. This design will be proposed to the industry regulator, ESCOSA, for approval and delivery in the next regulatory determination period, 2024-28, unless funding can be secured earlier.

Council and SA Water will continue to work closely together throughout the project to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for the community.

Community engagement

More than 460 people participated in community engagement through pop-up discussions, community workshops and surveys.

Key priorities for our community were:

  • the quality of footpaths
  • safety
  • drainage
  • street presentation

More information on the engagement process for this project can be found on Playford Engagement Hub.