Campbell Town - Pedestrian Underpass
The Tasmanian and Australian Governments have committed to providing a new pedestrian underpass under High Street (the Midland Highway) in Campbell Town.
The community of Campbell Town raised concerns relating to the safety of pedestrians crossing the Midland Highway, particularly for school children accessing the recreation ground and patients attending the Campbell Town Health Centre.
In late November 2021, construction started on an underpass that meets contemporary design standards, including fully meeting the needs of people with a disability or reduced mobility.
The pedestrian underpass will be located at the intersection of Bridge Street and High Street, Campbell Town.
Below is a map and a 3D model showing the project location and underpass design.
Figure 1: Campbell Town pedestrian underpass plan. Click image for larger version.
Figure 2: Campbell Town pedestrian underpass 3D model visualisation. Click image for larger version.
Between 2017 and 2018, key community groups within Campbell Town approached the Government seeking support to improve the safety of school children and health clinic patients crossing the Midland Highway.
Both major parties committed to a grade separated crossing during the 2018 State Election campaign.
A number of potential solutions including a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights were considered and discussed with key stakeholders before the underpass option was confirmed. An underpass was identified as the only suitable solution.
The $6 million project, of which the Australian Government is funding $4.8 million, will provide an underpass that meets contemporary design standards, including fully meeting the needs of people with a disability or reduced mobility.
Further planning in 2019 included one-on-one consultation and a project workshop, with key stakeholders including representatives of Campbell Town District High School, the Campbell Town Community Health Centre, a local church group, the Campbell
Town Forum, Northern Midlands Council, and key community members, as well as a public display and notifications sent to all property owners and residents within Campbell Town.
In 2020, we notified the community that a location for the underpass had been chosen and that a design and construct contract was going to tender.
A public display was held from 9 – 23 September 2021 to inform the community of the design and the chosen location.
A public display with the detailed design of the Campbell Town Pedestrian Underpass was available to view at the Northern Midlands Council Chambers, Campbell Town Health Centre and Campbell Town District High School from Thursday 9 September to Thursday 23 September 2021.
Members of the Stakeholder Engagement Team were available to answer any questions or concerns on Thursday 9 September 2021 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
We started working in late November 2021 and expect to be finished by the end of June 2022, weather permitting.
We will be working between 7.00 am - 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
We are working to build the underpass on the Midland Highway at High Street between Glenelg and Bridge Street, Campbell Town, until Thursday, 30 June 2022.
There will be a reduced speed limit and frequent lane closures during our working hours, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Please allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time, keep to speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.
Please click on the image below to view the Campbell Town traffic and pedestrian changes from late April 2022 in full size.
What is the purpose of these upgrades?
An underpass will ensure local school children and patients at the Campbell Town Health Centre will be able to safely cross the highway and access the recreation ground facilities.
What other options were considered?
Several options were considered, including installing pedestrian-controlled lights, a zebra crossing, crossing guards and an underpass. After careful consideration an underpass was selected as the best option to meet the needs of the community.
What funding has been allocated for the underpass?
This project is funded jointly by the Australian Government contributing $4.8 million dollars, and the Tasmanian Government contributing $1.2 million dollars.
How has the community been consulted on this project?
Early planning in 2019 included one-on-one consultation and a project workshop with key stakeholders including representatives of Campbell Town District High School, the Campbell Town Community Health Centre, the local church group, Northern Midlands Council, and key community members, as well as a public display and notifications sent to all property owners within Campbell Town.
Three options were considered during consultation. A Bridge Street option was not preferred as access to the recreation centre would be difficult, while an option closer to the health centre raised concerns regarding impacts on parking and heritage.
In 2020 the Department notified the community that a location for the underpass had been chosen and that a design and construct contract was going to tender.
We are now coming back to show you the design and let you know about construction.
Why was this location selected?
The location was selected to consider the key users of the underpass – the local school children and patients at the Campbell Town Health Centre. This location is accessible to both user groups.
The intersection between Church Street and High Street was unsuitable due to extensive service relocation requirements.
How will the underpass be accessible?
The underpass design complies with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and will include a ramp for cyclists and those using electric scooters, wheelchairs, and prams. Ramps and stairs will include handrails.
What is the internal height and width of the underpass?
The pedestrian underpass has a width of 3.0 metres and a height of 2.4 metres.
What safety and anti-social protection measures have been included in the design?
To increase user safety and comfort the underpass will include anti-graffiti protection and 24 hours per day tamper-resistant lighting. Fencing will be installed at ground level next to the ramps and barriers will be installed next to the underpass along the road.
How has drainage been considered in the design?
Both ramps and the tunnel floor have been designed with a gradual slope and drainage channels to prevent stormwater pooling within the pedestrian underpass. Rainfall and resultant stormwater will be collected and redirected into the local stormwater network.
Will the work be noisy?
The work will involve the use of machinery and activities such as rock breaking, which generates some noise. Prior to starting rock breaking, a notification letter will be issued to potentially impacted landowners to provide further information about the works.
We will make every effort to minimise noise and vibration, completing noisier activities between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm and turning off machinery and vehicles when not in use.
Will I be able to use the current footpath between Church Street and Bridge Street?
To ensure everyone’s safety, pedestrians will be re-directed around the work site. We aim to minimise disruptions to pedestrians during this work.
If you have any queries about the project, please contact our Engagement Consultant, Stephanie Lawson, on 0482 166 434 or email email@example.com.