Project Update

The Military Road and Main Street Precinct project comprises of:

  • renewal/reconstruction of the road pavement and paths on Military Road Henley Beach, between North Street and South Street (long term financial plan);
  • streetscape upgrade Military Road Henley Beach, between North Street and South Street (additional Council project budget required and candidate for Places for People or Special Local Roads grant); and
  • streetscape upgrade of Main Street Henley Beach, between East Terrace and Seaview Road (additional Council project budget required and candidate for Places for People or Special Local Roads grant).

The Military Road and Main Street Precinct project aims to achieve the community aspirations of improving access, amenity and safety for all road users while balancing the needs for parking, reducing the effects of urban heat and incorporating placemaking opportunities.

Community engagement on the Draft Concept Plan in April 2019 received community support and raised additional suggestions for improvements. View a copy of the Final Engagement report.

The Final Concept Plan (refer to pages 19-32 for proposed streetscapes) identifies the following improvements:

Project Wide

  • planting additional street trees for shade and retaining existing street trees undergrounding of power lines to improve amenity and access
  • widening and flattening paths to improve access
  • shared use path for recreational bike riding
  • widening of verges, with new landscaping
  • narrowing the roadways to calm traffic
  • creation of a pedestrian plaza / public open space
  • overall reduction in on-street parking of fifteen 1-hour spaces and two loading spaces
  • addition of 12 bicycle rails (24 spaces) and one (1) additional disability parking space

Military Road

  • new pedestrian crossing points across Military Road
  • Introduction of raised intersections to calm traffic while still providing access for people riding bikes and buses
  • improvement of the bus layover area (indenting), resulting in improved visibility for drivers exiting the Pavilion under croft car park
  • additional on street car parking spaces
  • improvement to the Pavilion loading dock access by providing additional green space and a truck waiting space
  • there will be further traffic studies and consultation about whether to remove the roundabouts at the North Street and South Street intersections with Military Road to improve pedestrian, bike rider and bus access, while still maintaining intersection efficiency

Main Street (west)

Two options have been endorsed by Council. Option 2 is the preference however this is subject to being able to achieve a new driveway on Military Road. If this is not possible, we will revert to Option 1.

Option 1 – closing the section of Main Street between Seaview Road and Military Road to traffic (with the exception of access to the Foodland Car Park), to become a public plaza with grass areas, natural shade and seating. Includes 4 motorcycle parking spaces.

Option 2 – closing the section of Main Street between Seaview Road and Military Road to traffic to become a public plaza with grass areas, natural shade and seating

Both options:

  • new feature lighting to provide architectural interest and complement the Henley Square catenary lighting
  • outdoor dining deck areas available for lease to adjoining businesses (fenced)
  • additional accessible car parking space for persons with disabilities
  • sheltered bicycle parking with repair station
  • removal of fifteen 1-hour parking spaces
  • removal of two (2) on-street loading spaces (‘No Parking’)
  • improvement to the Seaview Road intersection / pedestrian crossing point (subject to DPTI approval)
  • improvement to the corner of Seaview Road and Main Street to remove the dual height verge (subject to detailed design and funds remaining within the budget to enable this additional work)
  • event power in the Main Street pedestrian plaza is not explicitly mentioned in the concept design, however will be incorporated in detailed design

Main Street (east)

  • streetscape improvements including two additional lines of trees, wide paths and new landscaping
  • wider median to support planting of Norfolk Island Pines, while minimising future damage to infrastructure
  • conversion of angled parking to parallel parking in the centre of the road to improve safety for all road users and extend median of Norfolk Island Pines (this is a reduction in spaces, but is compensated by the additional spaces on Military Road, resulting in net loss of on-street parking for Military Road and Main Street east)


To keep updated on the project as it progresses, you can refer to the stages below or click 'Follow' on the top banner.

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Stage 3

Detailed Design is curently in progress.

Stage 4

Proposed SA Water Main works and under grounding of power lines

Further updates will be provided

Stage 5

Construction of Military Road commences

Further updates will be available here when construction is underway

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