Salamanca Place Precinct Upgrade
The City of Hobart is upgrading the precinct connecting Salamanca Place to Hobart’s waterfront. The area houses major hospitality and retail activity, as well as being home to Salamanca Market.
The $3.5 million upgrade will give the area a fresh, contemporary feel and provide a high-quality, safe and accessible space for everyone. The project will be delivered in stages over the next three years.
The upgrade is part of the Inner City Action Plan, which contains a selection of key recommendations from the Gehl Architects Report, ‘Hobart 2010 Public Spaces and Public Life – a city with people in mind’. The recommendations aim to attract people and activity into Hobart and to create a vital, dynamic city centre.
Some of the main changes include:
- closing the existing southbound one-way road that runs from Morrison Street to Montpelier Retreat through the Salamanca Lawns and rebuilding the flat area of the Salamanca Lawns to make it more accessible and suitable for special events
- making the existing curved two-lane, one-way road connecting Gladstone Street to Morrison Street a two-way road for motorists driving between Morrison Street and Salamanca Place to improve traffic flow and reduce confusion for both motorists and pedestrians at a number of intersections
- rebuilding the intersection at Salamanca Place and Montpelier Retreat and the footpath on Salamanca Place between Montpelier Retreat and Kennedy Lane to make the area safer for pedestrians
- enhancing connection between Salamanca Place and the waterfront by installing new zebra crossings to give pedestrians priority
- adding more seating and bicycle parking
- increasing safety in the area through improved lighting and CCTV capability
- introducing vehicular protection devices including impact absorbing bollards and solid art installations to create a safer environment for the Salamanca Market
- upgrading bicycle infrastructure, bus stops and shelters
- adding public artwork, new trees,plants and street furniture.
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Construction will soon commence on the 2020 stage of the Salamanca Place precinct upgrade. Improvements will be delivered on Gladstone Street and the new pedestrian area adjacent to Salamanca Lawns.
Works will be undertaken in phases starting from the 24 February 2020 through to December 2020.
From February to April, the City’s crews will focus on the area near the Gladstone Street roundabout removing the middle traffic island and constructing a new pedestrian bulb and a footpath.
In terms of works that will disrupt normal traffic movements:
From 25 February to 5 March
- Gladstone Street between Castray Esplanade and Salamanca Place will be closed to south (Salamanca) bound traffic.
- Salamanca Place will be closed to eastbound traffic between the Gladstone Street roundabout and Montpelier Retreat.
- A signposted route advising motorists how to access Salamanca Place from Gladstone Street will be in place to assist road users.
From 10 March to mid-April
- Gladstone Street between Salamanca Place and Castray Esplanade will be closed to north (city) bound traffic during working hours (from about 7am to 4pm on weekdays).
In April, works will begin to improve stormwater infrastructure between Montpelier Retreat and Castray Esplanade. Construction is estimated to take 12 weeks with the majority of the work focused in the car park adjacent to the Abel Tasman Monument Fountain and some trenching to occur across Salamanca Place.
We will notify property owners and occupiers about closure details of Salamanca Place associated with this work, closer to when construction works will occur in the area.
From April to May, the construction crew will continue to reconstruct the footpath behind the car park, between Salamanca Place and the Abel Tasman Monument. Works will include the removal of tripping hazards and adjusting the existing kerb and car park to reduce the ponding issues that occur during rainfall events.
Construction timeframes for some activities in the 2020 plan of works is yet to be determined. These works include the widening of Gladstone Street to accommodate two lanes of traffic, the installation of a new flush kerb in Gladstone Street and a new footpath along the road, from the Castray Esplanade intersection to the Gladstone Street roundabout. The kerb will match with the flush kerb from Morrison Street and Castray Esplanade completed in 2019. These changes promote a more pedestrian-friendly environment for seniors, wheelchair users and parents with prams, allowing them to get off the roads and onto footpaths easily and safely.
The development of the new pedestrian area adjacent to Salamanca Lawns will be undertaken after the stormwater and Gladstone Street works.
Disruptions to Salamanca Market will be kept to a minimum and the market will go ahead as normal.
Provisional timeline of 2020 works
The first stage of the project was completed in 2017, with the widening and upgrade of the Salamanca Place footpath between Gladstone Street and Montpelier Retreat. In 2019 the City completed stormwater improvements and kerb reconstruction outside Princes Wharf 1, and installed a pedestrian crossing across the width of Castray Esplanade significantly enhancing pedestrian connection between the waterfront and Salamanca Place.
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