HOBART’S waterfront has a new look and feel thanks to the recent completion of the streetscape upgrade and shared pedestrian and bike path linking Morrison Street to Castray Esplanade.
Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the project had transformed the precinct into a “people place”, providing increased opportunities for pedestrians, cyclists and local businesses.
“We are thrilled to have greatly improved the amenity for people on Hobart’s waterfront,” she said.
“The council would like to thank the surrounding businesses, traders and members of the public for their patience and cooperation during the project, as well as acknowledge the work of all who helped to make this happen.”
Hobart City Council City Infrastructure Committee chairwoman Helen Burnet said improved pedestrian and cycling facilities in Sullivans Cove were important elements of the council’s “Sustainable Transport Strategy”.
“The council has a desire to provide opportunities for people to elect to take alternative modes of transport, so improving amenities to encourage people to walk and ride is a step in the right direction,” she said.
“It is fantastic to now have a completed pedestrian and bicycle link extending from the Intercity Cycleway around the Hobart waterfront to the existing bike path in Castray Esplanade.”
Key aspects of the upgrade include significantly wider, shared concrete paths benefiting both pedestrians and bike riders, new bespoke street furniture including benches, bollards and water bubblers, new street lighting, timber decking and larger areas for outdoor dining and seating.
Other features include the installation of new trees, planter boxes and vegetation, new kerbs and underground storm water, improved traffic arrangements, modifications to the Murray Street Pier car park, a new taxi rank in Murray Street and new traffic islands and road resurfacing.