Where are new traffic lights proposed and why?
There are two new sets of traffic lights proposed;
1. Corner of Invermay Road and Lindsay Street. This will replace the current roundabout, enabling prioritisation of movements and traffic flow and also provide a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists to cross.
2. Corner of Goderich Street and Gleadow Street. In partnership with the proposed new Link Road (Lindsay Street to Gleadow Street, behind Bunnings) the traffic lights would provide a double right turn out of Gleadow Street. This will enable a safe circulation of traffic within the precinct and cater for north and southbound visitors.
Will any on-street car parking be affected by these changes?
Every effort will be made to preserve on-street car parking, however to accommodate some of the designs/functionality required, there will be some spaces affected. The only area identified as having a significant impact in the short term, is Forster Street. This is to allow for an additional lane for eastbound traffic and will require the current 90 degree on-street car parking (north side) to be altered to parallel parking.
Note: The proposal doesn't impact on any street trees along the length of the project or any on-street car parking on the south side.
Why is the roundabout on Invermay Road/Lindsay Street, proposed to be taken out?
Will putting another set of traffic lights on Goderich Street and Invermay Road, slow traffic down and increase congestion?
Why is there a new road, behind the Bunnings complex proposed?
Will the new proposed Link Road only move congestion to the proposed Gleadow Street/Goderich Street intersection?
Will any trees be taken out to facilitate the works?
If the University was not relocating to Invermay, would these changes still need to be considered?
Yes, with other major developments, existing
concerns around traffic, pedestrian and cycling safety and general growth in
the Launceston transport network changes need to be considered. The major
impact of relocating the university to Inveresk is the amount of traffic using
Forster St and Invermay Road.
Has a dedicated right turn lane/traffic light phase from Lindsay Street onto the Charles Street Bridge been considered?
Yes, however adding an additional phase to this intersection will actually increase wait times and congestion on Goderich Street and the Lower Charles Street Bridge.
As part of this consultation process Council is
seeking community feedback on which turning movements are critical for local
residents and businesses, and what movements could potentially be limited or
removed. This would help inform any modifications to the intersection post
State Government works on the Lower Charles Street Bridge.
Is the proposal accommodating people with accessibility requirements?
All designs are respectful of people with accessibility requirements and will include, ramps, tactile path treatments, visual cues and improved signage to enable all members of the community access.
The installation of two new traffic lights within Invermay will also be a significant benefit to users wanting to cross at these locations.
Why are four lanes of traffic on Forster Street being considered?
The Inveresk Precinct is already a busy environment, particularly during major events, however with the relocation of the University of Tasmania and continued improvement to facilities within the precinct, additional car parking will be required.
To meet this demand the Inveresk Precinct will
include the establishment of a large carpark in the north of the Precinct,
resulting in increased traffic flow along the Forster Street corridor.
Will Launceston be getting 'Smart' traffic lights?
What are 'Smart' traffic lights?
How are the projects within the masterplan being funded?
Will the cul-de-sac at Gleadow Street be opened to through traffic?
No, the proposed traffic lights will maintain
the closure of Gleadow Street (east) and function solely as a T-intersection
What does the term ‘Street Improvements' mean?
When are the proposed initiatives likely to happen?
The proposed initiatives will be rolled out in phases as shown, on the highlighted Invermay Traffic Masterplan map.
Short Term – One to three years or as soon as practical
Medium Term – Three to five years (subject to funding and budget cycles)
Long Term – Six to ten years and only if required.
Do you have further questions?
We encourage you to attend one of our Community Information Sessions which will be held at University of Tasmania Stadium, Level 2 Function Room, 2 Invermay Road, at one of the times below:
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 from 6pm until 7pm
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 from 6pm until 7pm
Contact our Community Engagement Team on - firstname.lastname@example.org