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About the project

Phase 1 of the project was completed in October 2020 and has 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 2 of the project was a trial delivered in partnership with the City of Launceston. The trial finished in January 2021 and allowed left turns only into Lindsay Street at Goderich Street and left turns only at Esplanade/Charles Street.

We have reviewed the feedback from a survey that was available in the last two weeks of January 2021 for which over 1 000 responses were submitted. Overall, 58 per cent of the respondents stated they noticed reduced congestion during the trial. The survey feedbacks support the traffic data collected during the traffic trial.

Based on analysis from the overarching Invermay Traffic Masterplan and traffic data, as well as the positive feedbacks from road users, we have determined the removal of right turns will be made permanent.

Design of the new intersection arrangements is currently underway with road work to start in 2022.

1Survey works - September 2021

From Monday 6 September 2021, we are doing a topographic (area) survey of the Goderich Street/Lindsay Street intersection and the Charles Street/Esplanade intersection. We will be using vehicle-mounted and handheld machines to inspect the intersections and detect utility services.

We will be working between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am from Monday to Friday. We expect to complete the work in two (2) weeks, weather permitting.

Lane closures and a reduced speed limit will be in place during work hours and may affect travel times. Motorists should allow up to five (5) minutes of extra travel time during this work. Please keep to speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.

2Traffic 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.

3Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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.

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
Tender and Construction of Phase 2: 2022

Contact

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