Black Spot funding paves way for safer Midtown pedestrian crossing
The City of Hobart has completed a major upgrade to the busy intersection of Elizabeth and Patrick streets in Midtown, making the crossing much safer for pedestrians and drivers.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Carol Brown said this was important safety work for the capital and its residents.
“The upgrade to this busy intersection will ensure the safety of vulnerable road users and drivers alike, both now and into the future,” Senator Brown said.
“The Australian Government’s Black Spot Program is about keeping everyone safe.
“In particular, the raised pedestrian crossing on the left side of Elizabeth Street heading north will greatly improve accessibility for all pedestrians, especially those with additional mobility requirements.”
Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said this project was part of the bigger picture for Hobart.
“Elizabeth street from the city to North Hobart has the potential of becoming one of the Australia’s most interesting and people friendly streets,” Cr Reynolds said.
“The business community is already investing in this street and we are seeing lots of great new venues opening in this area.
“As Council we can help add to this vibrancy by investing in safer crossings, and street trees to beautify the area.
“The Midtown intersection upgrade has been funded through the Australian Government’s road safety Black Spot Program and the City of Hobart’s capital works budget, and is a direct response to safety concerns raised by the community.
“These roadworks pave the way for a much safer journey for those who walk into work from North Hobart or are heading up to the busy North Hobart restaurant strip from the CBD.”
City Mobility Portfolio Chair Councillor Ryan Posselt said the intersection upgrade includes a new level pedestrian crossing, two new traffic islands, kerb extensions and landscaping, with provision for future tree plantings.
“The installation of two new traffic islands and a raised crossing will greatly improve safety and accessibility for all pedestrians, especially those with additional mobility requirements,” Cr Posselt said.
“The new pedestrian crossing will also benefit students attending nearby Elizabeth College and improve walkability for all residents and visitors.
“As part of this project two trees will be planted in an area of Hobart that has some of the lowest street tree canopy coverage across the city as part of our street tree strategy.”
The kerb extensions are designed to improve the safety of both drivers and pedestrians and will reduce the risk of collisions.
The raised pedestrian crossing on the left side of Elizabeth Street heading north will greatly improve accessibility for all pedestrians, especially those with additional mobility requirements.