Griffith Street Upgrade
Update October 2017
Council staff held a second meeting with the Griffith Street residents to further consult on the new streetscape design. After consideration of comments received and further discussion the final design can be viewed here.
The tree species were also a topic of discussion at the residents meeting. It was agreed to source the largest specimens of early defoliant Pin Oaks (Quercus palustris).
Works are due to commence in the new year with the new streetscape ready for planting in autumn.
Griffith Street is a small local street in central Abury and links Wyse Street to Albury High School.
The road is in poor condition and is scheduled for reconstruction, however this will mean that the existing oak trees, which are nearing the end of their lifespan, are recommended for removal.
The images below illustrate the current condition of Griffith Street.
Prior to considering final road configurations for reconstruction, a tree assessment was undertaken by an independent arborist (Homewood Consulting).
The brief was to determine the health and condition of the trees, their remaining life expectancy and the impact the works will have on them.
The assessment was undertaken in November 2016.
Key points from the assessment include:
- Thirty Trees in the street (15 each side)
- Trees are approximately 90 years old
- Overall the avenue is in poor condition
- Over 73% of trees (22) have 10 or less years useful life and five have been identified for immediate removal
- Heavy canopy lopping and pruning has been undertaken on many trees following significant large branch failures
- The trees have surpassed their peak aesthetic value and are nearing the end of their useful life expectancy
Four standard road options were provided to the consultant to assess the impacts of construction.
Options included 8 and 11 metre wide roads with varied parking arrangements. To demonstrate the impact on the tree root zones on existing trees (based on 8 metre road width), a construction impact plan has been developed.
The arborist's report concludes that the upgrade of Griffith Street is likely to have a major impact on the trees and because they are in their final years of useful life, it’s proposed to remove them all to allow the road upgrade to proceed. New trees will be planted in their place.
To inform local residents of the impending road upgrade and the impacts, residents were invited to attend an on-site meeting. A meeting was also held with the principal of Albury High School.
Information contained in the arboricultural report was provided to the attendees. Discussion also occurred around what the residents would like in the streetscape including parking. Design options for the reconstructed street were discussed at the meeting.
Key points from the meeting are included in the meeting notes.
A second residents meeting was held on 11 October 2017 to discuss the streetscape. Refer meeting notes to find out more
What happens next?
- Road designs will be developed by AlburyCity's Engineering Group - COMPLETE.
- The designs will be distributed to the residents and the Albury High School Principal for comment - COMPLETE
- A Development Application will be submitted due to the heritage listing of the street
- Construction is scheduled to commence early in 2018
Replacement tree planting species will be an early defoliant Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
Advanced Pin Oak trees planted in 2007