Murray Bridge's main street to be 'refreshed' by October

This will be a banner year for Murray Bridge's main street.

A $150,000 budget for a Bridge Street refresh has been approved by the city's council.

Up to two thirds of that amount will be spent on a series of new banner poles to be erected in the centre of the street, a priority chosen by councillors.

The council will no longer need to use a cherry picker every time the banners need to be changed – saving time, money and disruption – and the new banners will be a standard size, so organisers of events such as the South Australian Masters Games will be able to produce their own.

Most of the remaining money will be spent reducing clutter and adding greenery, especially at five existing pedestrian crossings and a sixth to be built near the Bridgeport Hotel.

New street furniture and up-lights beneath trees are also on the wish list.

The overall look of the street will be brought in line with that of Sixth Street, which was remodelled in 2016-17, but without the expensive paving.

Work is due to be completed in October.

Acting chief executive officer Heather Barclay said the council would aim to get as much bang for its buck as possible before then.

"It's foot down now," she said.

"We're finalising a handbook, like an implementation plan, for the Bridge Street refresh so we can pick and choose pieces to do over time.

"It will be elements we can do quickly, because we don't want to be disrupting trade on the main street in the lead-up to Christmas.”

The inexpensive "refresh" was one of four options council staff put forward in mid-2017.

The alternatives were a more comprehensive $1.2 million transformation, a $2.2 million transformation involving a reduction in the street's width to one lane in each direction, or to do nothing.

The refresh was the most popular option among both councillors and, according to a poll by The Standard, the public.

The project was discussed among traders at a forum at the Davery Establishment on June 7.

Those present were asked what would make visitors stop in the main street, how it could be made more visually appealing and what ideas could be borrowed from other towns.

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