Lane closed around CH Smith development site

CLOSE: Lane closures on Cimitiere Street take place between Bathurst and Charles streets from Wednesday.
CLOSE: Lane closures on Cimitiere Street take place between Bathurst and Charles streets from Wednesday.

Traffic flow around the CH Smith development will be restricted for several months from Wednesday to allow essential site work. 

City of Launceston will close one of the two eastbound lanes on Cimitiere Street, between Bathurst Street and Charles Street from Wednesday, May 17, to allow essential construction works at the CH Smith site. 

The temporary lane closure is expected to remain in place until mid-July to allow essential pile driving and foundation works to be undertaken on the southern side of the CH Smith site.

During this closure, drivers will not be permitted to turn right into Charles Street from the lane remaining open on Cimitiere Street. 

City of Launceston general manager Robert Dobrzynski said the closure would avoid a build-up of traffic on the approach to this intersection. 

Motorists will need to take an alternate route into Charles Street for the duration of the works.

"The CH Smith site has been an eyesore in Launceston for many decades, and the council knows many residents are excited to finally see work underway," Mr Dobrzynski said.

"This will bring with it some disruption to traffic around the site for the next few months, and we would like to ask people to drive with care, obey warning signage, and to please be patient while the work proceeds."

After sitting vacant for more than two decades, the site is set to be revitalised with a cafe, a restaurant, state government offices and a council-owned 300 space car parking facility.

Mr Dobrzynski asked for motorists to be patient while the temporary lane closure was in place.