$30.5m traffic upgrade outlined for Lismore CBD
A PROPOSAL to pour $30.5 million into traffic and parking improvements in Lismore's CBD has been 'a long time coming', cafe manager Azzmin Ling said yesterday.
The plan, discussed at a Lismore City Council workshop Tuesday night, is based on a traffic and parking study of Lismore's CBD undertaken by TTM Consulting.
The key objective of the study was to identify future traffic and parking requirements within the CBD in an attempt to encourage a 'vibrant growing town'.
Ms Ling, manager of the Sweat Pea Gelato Cafe in Woodlark Street, said the poorly-designed parking and congested traffic in the CBD was both an eyesore and did not help Lismore businesses or residents.
“It's not a convenient place to go. There isn't enough all-day parking and the city's layout is far too squashed in,” she said.
Ms Ling said the proposal for more traffic lights in the CBD would not appeal to many people and there were greater priorities.
“Cycleways would be ideal as it would encourage more people to ride to work and free up traffic flow,” Ms Ling said.
The list of works proposed at the workshop included seven sets of traffic signals, four intersection upgrades, an additional bridge crossing and traffic management facilities.
However, Garry Hemsworth, the councils' executive director of infrastructure services, said the council staff who attended the workshop had not agreed on the proposed traffic lights.
“There is debate surrounding the seven proposed traffic lights. However, it will stay on the agenda for further consideration,” Mr Hemsworth said.
The proposed works, estimated to cost $30.5 million over more than 10 years, take into account the ongoing management of parking, traffic flows, pedestrian mobility and public transport within the CBD.
Mr Hemsworth said much of the identified work was on the State Highway network, therefore State and Federal assistance would be sought.
“The purpose of the workshop was an education evening where Woodlark Street and a holistic approach were key focuses,” he said.