Launceston traffic investigation still underway says Department of State Growth

Traffic management options regarding the intersection at Lindsay and Goderich streets are still being investigated, according to the Department of State Growth.

Members of the public raised concerns about congestion at the location following Errol Stewart’s announcement of more developments along Lindsay Street.

He plans to fully develop the seven hectares surrounding the Bunnings site at Invermay, with an investment in the order of $15 to $20 million. 

When submitting the development application to the City of Launceston Mr Stewart, like all other major developers, is required to assess traffic.

But the intersection which raised the ire of a number of community members is managed by the state government, not the local council.

A State Growth spokeswoman said both short and long-term options were being assessed with the help of the City of Launceston.

“The Department of State Growth and council are working to better understand traffic management issues in greater Launceston through the analysis of origin and destination of vehicles and the project to update the 2012 Launceston Traffic Model,” the spokeswoman said. 

TRAFFIC DATA: In 1982 the average number of vehicles crossing the bridge each day was 19,508. Today the average number is 32,680. Source: Department of State Growth

TRAFFIC DATA: In 1982 the average number of vehicles crossing the bridge each day was 19,508. Today the average number is 32,680. Source: Department of State Growth

“The Launceston study is due to be completed by the end of 2017 and will then be considered by the Department to inform future network planning.”

Last month the council’s director of infrastructure services Shane Eberhardt said the council was aware that it was “one of the busiest and worst performing intersections in Launceston”.

“Unfortunately there is no easy fix and improvements at that intersection have the potential to run into the many millions of dollars, which in turn takes time to plan and design,” he said.