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Virginia Main Street Upgrade

The upgrade to Virginia Main Street is starting in June, with Axiom Projects SA having successfully tendered for the construction of the project.

The Virginia Main Street upgrade will progress from north to south – starting at the entrance of the Virginia Sports Oval and finishing south of the intersection with Penfield and Sheedy Roads. Some changes to the schedule may be necessary as the project progresses.

As major works get underway, the contractor will be meeting with local business owners to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.

We’re looking forward to celebrating the opening of a main street that Virginia locals can be proud of in early 2023.

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

Temporary traffic updates

Temporary road closures are being put in place at various locations as construction progresses.

The changes seek to minimise disruption to road users as much as possible while enabling work to be undertaken safely.

Keep an eye on this page to for updates on the road closures, diversions and time frames to help plan your trip.

To keep the community informed, details of significant closures are being letterbox dropped to nearby residents.

Time frames are weather dependent.

We thank you for your patience while this important infrastructure work is underway.

Update - 07 September 2022

Gawler Road at Old Pt Wakefield Road will be closed from Wednesday 7 September through to Friday 9 September. This road closure will allow for the installation of stormwater infrastructure.

A detour will be in place via Womma West Road, Moloney Road and Penfield Road.

Frequently asked questions

How did the community shape the final design?

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.

How was the upgrade to the Virginia Main Street funded?

The redevelopment of the Virginia Main Street is funded by the City of Playford, a Government of South Australia Places for People grant, an Australian Government Roads to Recovery grant and SA Power Networks.

The estimated cost of the project is $8.88 million.

What changes will there be to traffic and pedestrian conditions during construction?

Projects inevitably result in traffic delays so that work can be carried out safely. The contractor will work to keep delays to a minimum, and all traffic changes will be communicated.

The project will progress from north to south, and, where possible, footpaths and garden beds will be constructed on one side of the street at a time to ensure that as much of the street is under normal traffic conditions as possible.

What will be done to control noise during construction?

Work will be undertaken between 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday to reduce the impact of noise. Out of hours work will likely be required at times in order to reduce disruption. Advance notice of this will be provided where possible.

How will project updates be communicated?

Regular updates will be provided on the Playford website, via City of Playford social media channels, Playford News magazine, as well as in local media, and community mail-outs.

How will disruptions to businesses be kept to a minimum?

Axiom Projects SA staff and contractors will be on site each day liaising with local businesses as required, to ensure as little interruption to the business community as possible.

What impact will global issues have on this project?

We’re purchasing materials in advance to ensure that we can lower the risk of delays. The COVID-19 pandemic also brings the risk of labour shortages as case numbers rise.

When delays are expected, Axiom Projects SA will communicate with local traders, while the City of Playford will advise the community through social and local media, website and a letterbox drop.

How will project updates be communicated?

Regular updates will be provided on the Council website, via City of Playford social media channels, Playford News magazine, as well as in local media, and community mail-outs.

Why isn’t sewer infrastructure included in this project?

The Main Street Upgrade was originally planned for 2021, however the commencement was rescheduled 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 the Virginia Main Street. 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.