Bunnings to put more pressure on intersection

CONCERN over traffic flow at Launceston's busiest intersection has been raised before the city's new Bunnings store opens next month.

The 16,000-square-metre store off Lindsay Street is to be serviced by a 491-space car park.

Launceston City Council general manager Robert Dobrzynski said the Lindsay-Goderich streets intersection was already the city's busiest, and that the council would need to improve its traffic capacity in the future.

He said the state's Infrastructure Department was planning the most appropriate intersection design for the location, with traffic volumes and adjacent land uses in mind.

``DIER have advised that significant intersection improvements will involve works amounting to many millions of dollars, and securing that funding is expected to take some years,'' Mr Dobrzynski said.

``Resourcing, planning, community consultation, land acquisition and environmental consideration will all require significant funding and an extended period of time to come to a position where all relevant matters have been addressed.''

He said the council, the department and Tasmania Police had arrangements to monitor the additional traffic expected during the store's opening period, and would intervene if necessary.

Alderman Ted Sands will move a motion for the council to invite Premier Will Hodgman to the site to discuss funding the necessary works.

Alderman Sands said the replacement of the Lindsay Street traffic lights with a roundabout would be the desired option.

According to a 2012 traffic assessment of the intersection, there were 2902 traffic movements across the Charles Street bridge in peak hour from 4pm to 5pm over a randomly selected day in May.

There were 549 movements across the Lindsay Street intersection over the same period.

Launceston Alderman Ted Sands crossing at the Lindsay and Goderich streets intersection near the new Invermay Bunnings ... traffic flow concerns have been raised as the city's busiest intersection prepares to get busier. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Launceston Alderman Ted Sands crossing at the Lindsay and Goderich streets intersection near the new Invermay Bunnings ... traffic flow concerns have been raised as the city's busiest intersection prepares to get busier. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

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