Friday, July 8, 2022

Funding to light up Hobart road crossing

City of Hobart Council has announced it will install traffic lights at the intersection of Molle and Collins streets to make the popular road crossing into South Hobart safer for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and families.

The $650,000 project has been made possible with funding from the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program ($300,000), the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Program ($100,000) and the City of Hobart Council ($250,000).

“Every day hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists are forced to negotiate busy Molle Street traffic without the security of traffic lights to ease safety concerns,” said City of Hobart Lord Mayor, Anna Reynolds.

“This crossing is one of the most popular routes for people walking and cycling to work from South Hobart and is a natural gateway for those wishing to walk or run along the beautiful Hobart Rivulet Track from the CBD during their lunch breaks.

“Many in the South Hobart community have been calling for safer pedestrian and cycling across busy Molle Street and the City of Hobart is proud to make this happen with the aid of the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program.”

She said the project would not have been possible without the support of Tasmanian Independent MP, Andrew Wilkie and the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program.

“The Molle Street crossing is popular with pedestrians and cyclists, including mums and dads dropping their kids off at the Goodstart Early Learning centre, taking their children to school and visiting the popular Hamlet Hobart Café,” Lord Mayor Reynolds said.

“The project will also create safer driving conditions at this busy intersection, helping motorists negotiate the junction.”

The $650,000 project is expected to take four months to complete. Construction is due to start on Tuesday 26 April.

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