Tugrah Road improvements will slow traffic, increase safety and improve linkages to shared pathways with the Devonport City Council project set to start in March next year.
Devonport Mayor Alison Jarman said the $544,000 Tugrah Road Renewal and Traffic Calming project features four key components, including:
- New concrete path on Tugrah Road from Washington Drive to the entrance to Kelcey Tier.
- Traffic islands to slow traffic on Tugrah Road.
- Parking bays for Kelcey Tier users.
- Gravel path from the entrance of Kelcey Tier to the end of the Don Rail Trail.
Cr Jarman said the introduction of slow points along Tugrah Road are in response to residents’ concerns that drivers are exceeding the 50km/h speed limit.
She said Council consulted residents in the area and the positive feedback indicated slow points were a welcomed introduction to improve safety.
“Council monitored vehicles between Stony Rise Road and Robertson Close and traffic data collected showed that almost half the vehicles are exceeding the 50km/h residential speed limit,” Cr Jarman said.
“Our engineers have been on the ground talking to residents about how the current road and traffic impacts their day-to-day lives.
“The feedback showed that people, particularly those with children, felt that speeding cars posed a major danger to the children who cross the road.
“We have looked at suitable options to help reduce vehicle speeds to an appropriate speed for the area and slow points are one of the most successful options.
“Improving our city’s infrastructure and liveability is part of Council’s vision and I’m certain the residents will breathe a sigh of relief when the traffic starts to slow down.”
Cr Jarman said the linkages between the Don Hall and Stony Rise Road will provide alternate pathways for residents to travel to neighbouring locations.
She said the project will also include off-street parking bays for mountain bike park users.
“These linkages will allow people to travel on foot or by bike through these pathways, which is something that Council is excited to provide to the community,” Cr Jarman said.
“We know it’s important to provide community infrastructure like a pathway which not only encourages physical activity others to be physically active but also enhances the liveability of our city.”
Council will continue to provide updates on the project via its website and social media platforms.
Photo: Devonport Mayor Alison Jarman with Devonport City Council’s Engineering Coordinator Randell Stott (right) and Design Officer Sanjit Biswas along Tugrah Road, which will see a safety improvement project start this year. Below Project map.