Starting mid-2022, Kingborough Council will begin transforming the section of Channel Hwy running through central Kingston into an attractive and inviting destination.
Kingborough Mayor, Paula Wriedt said the upgrades would create a more welcoming and accessible shopping precinct for both local residents and visitors.
“The community have told us that they want Kingston to be a healthy and vibrant centre of the municipality,” Cr Wriedt said.
“As a Council we want to transform Kingston’s CBD with leafy walkways and greener areas that are connected physically and visually to the natural surroundings.
“To do this we will be upgrading the main road with wider footpaths for pedestrians and outdoor dining, installing more plantings, slowing traffic down, improving cycling access and supporting the use of public transport with appealing infrastructure.
“In preparation for these upgrades, Council will be trialling a temporary roundabout, starting September/October school holidays.
“The roundabout will be installed at the intersection of Channel Highway and Hutchins Street,” Cr Wriedt said.
“Along with the roundabout there will be temporary pedestrian refuge islands, signage and line marking installed.
“The roundabout will be in place for a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks.
“During the trial Council will be collecting data on traffic flows and speeds, as well as pedestrian movements which will then inform the final configuration of the Channel Hwy upgrade.
“By upgrading the CBD in Kingston, Council aims to support the creation of local jobs and attract further investment for Kingborough, diverting people having to travel to Hobart for shopping.