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About the project

Phase 1

We have delivered upgrades to the Forster Street and Goderich Street intersection, Forster Street between Goderich Street and Invermay Road, and the Gleadow Street and Goderich Street intersection. Phase 1 was completed in October 2020.

Phase 2

From October 2020 until January 2021, we partnered with the City of Launceston to conduct a trial of left turns only at the intersections of Goderich Street/Lindsay Street and Esplanade/Charles Street.

The trial aimed to decrease congestion by reducing queuing onto the Charles Street Bridge and to support drivers’ use of Forster, Doyne, Gleadow, William or Cimitiere streets.

Feedback received during the trial’s consultation period showed the majority of respondents (58 per cent) noticed reduced congestion. A traffic survey completed during the trial also showed a reduction in travel times and congestion in both directions along Goderich Street.

Based upon the trial’s success, we will permanently remove right turns into Lindsay Street from Goderich Street and right turns at the Esplanade/Charles Street intersection.

Click to view the Goderich Street Intersection Upgrades Trial Summary Report as a PDF file.

Design of the new intersection arrangements has now been completed, and we will start work in mid-2022.

1Traffic changes during Phase 2

The temporary road barriers and signage used during the trial will remain in place while we develop the traffic signal and line marking requirements for the permanent infrastructure.

This means right turns from Goderich Street into Lindsay Street are still removed from both northbound and southbound lanes, and right turns are still removed from the Esplanade into Charles Street and from Charles Street into the Esplanade.

If you use these intersections to turn right, please find suggested alternate routes in the frequently asked questions below.

2Maps and designs

Below is a map of how Esplanade/Charles Street will look when the right turns are permanently removed.

The former lanes for right turns will be changed to new traffic islands or footpath space.

Click the image below to view the Goderich Street Intersection Upgrades - Esplanade - Removal of Right Turns diagram in full size.

Goderich Street Intersection Upgrades - Esplanade Removal of Right Turns - March 2022

Below is a map of how Goderich Street/Lindsay Street will look when the right turns are permanently removed.

The former lanes used for right turns will be changed to new traffic islands or a new road surface.

Click the image below to view the Goderich Street Intersection Upgrades - Lindsay Street - Removal of Right Turns diagram in full size.

Goderich Street Intersection Upgrades - Lindsay Street Removal of Right Turns - March 2022

3Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Updated - March 2022

What were the benefits of the trial?

There is reduced traffic congestion along Goderich Street. The ‘green time’ (previously allocated to right turns) allows more traffic to travel along Goderich Street and Charles Street and removes the queueing that previously blocked northbound traffic on the Charles Street Bridge.

Why not upgrade the Charles Street Bridge?

The focus of the trial was on improving traffic flow in the short to medium term.

The replacement or modification of the Charles Street Bridge would be a complex, long-term project that may be some years away and would not in isolation reduce traffic congestion on the corridor.

Traffic data indicates a significant reduction in traffic congestion on Goderich Street and the Charles Street Bridge was achieved in the trial.

I am travelling to Lindsay Street from the north (eg. George Town). How do I get there?

With the right turn removed, you will need to travel in and around Invermay in a slightly different way than you may be used to. The steps below along with the image show you your options when travelling.

  1. Travel along Goderich Street
  2. Turn right at the new Gleadow Street intersection
  3. Turn left at Doyne Street
  4. Turn left or right at Lindsay Street

Detour map to get to Lindsay Street from the north

I am travelling to Lindsay Street from the south (e.g. Central Launceston). How do I get there?

With the right turn removed, you will need to travel in and around Invermay in a slightly different way than you may be used to. The steps below along with the image show you your options when travelling.

You can take one of two options if you are travelling to Lindsay Street from the south.

Option 1:

  1. Travel along Bathurst Street
  2. Turn right at Cimitiere Street
  3. Turn left at Tamar Street
  4. Turn left at Lindsay Street

Travelling to Lindsay Street from the south - option 1

Option 2:

  1. Travel along Bathurst Street, continuing onto Goderich Street
  2. Turn right at Forster Street
  3. Turn right at Holbrook Street
  4. Turn left or right at Lindsay Street

Travelling to Lindsay Street from the south - option 2

Can pedestrians still use the Goderich Street/Lindsay Street and Esplanade/Charles Street intersections?

Yes. Pedestrians will be able to use existing pedestrian crossings. However, the southern pedestrian crossing at the intersection of the Esplanade and Charles Street will not be in operation, but the northern pedestrian crossing will be. This will eliminate having pedestrians cross where traffic turns left out of the Esplanade and will allow more ‘green time’ for traffic travelling along Charles Street.

I have a business along Lindsay Street or the Esplanade. How will customers and suppliers get to my business?

Customers and suppliers will be able to access your business by using one of the routes mentioned previously. We encourage you to inform your regular customers of the trial happening to reduce confusion.

I live along Lindsay Street. How will I get to my home?

You will be able to access your home by using one of the routes mentioned previously.

Why will the right turns at Goderich Street/Lindsay Street and Esplanade/Charles Street be permanently removed?

From October 2020 until January 2021, we partnered with the City of Launceston to conduct a trial of left turns only at the intersections of Goderich
Street/Lindsay Street and Charles Street/Esplanade.

The trial aimed to decrease congestion by reducing queuing onto the Charles Street Bridge and to support drivers’ use of Forster, Doyne, Gleadow, William or Cimitiere streets. Feedback received during the trial’s consultation period showed the majority of respondents
(58 per cent) noticed reduced congestion. A traffic survey completed during the trial also showed a reduction in travel times and congestion in both directions along Goderich Street.

Based upon the trial’s success, we will permanently remove right turns into Lindsay Street from Goderich Street and right turns at the Esplanade/Charles Street intersection. A temporary right turn bans arrangement will remain in place until the start of permanent right turn bans
construction in mid-2022.

What are the benefits of permanently removing the right turns?

The removal of right turns reduces traffic congestion along Goderich Street and queuing on the Charles Street Bridge. The extra ‘green time’ (previously allocated to right turns) allows more traffic to travel along Goderich Street and Charles Street.

What has happened to get to this point?

Between 2019-2020, the Department worked with the City of Launceston to develop the Invermay Traffic Masterplan (Masterplan). The Masterplan identifies a number of transport infrastructure projects in Invermay which would assist in addressing short, medium and long term transport
challenges in the area.

The Goderich Street Intersection Upgrades project was identified to address traffic congestion along Goderich Street and Charles Street in the short to medium term.

Will the Goderich Street/Lindsay Street and Esplanade/Charles Street traffic signals be coordinated?

The Goderich Street/Lindsay Street and Esplanade/Charles Street traffic signals are currently coordinated and will remain so, including if a pedestrian is waiting to cross Charles Street.

How often will the pedestrian crossing signals be activated at Esplanade/Charles Street?

The pedestrian crossing signals will only operate after a pedestrian pushes the button. The ‘walk’ signal will be displayed after a small delay.

4Timing

Community consultation of Phase 1: July 2019
Start of construction of Phase 1: April 2020
End of construction of Phase 1: October 2020
Start of trial of Phase 2: October 2020
End of trial of Phase 2: January 2021
New design released: March 2022
Tender and Construction of Phase 2: Mid-2022.

Contact

For more information about the project phone (03) 6210 0662 or email: participate@ghd.com