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Journeys : Feb March 2011
24 February / March 2011 Life on the move A dive in the archive Stuart Bridges uncovers a fifty year-old insight into the roads funding debate There’s a grow ing concer n that road improvement planning has been all but abandoned at official state and council levels because of costs. Tasmania’s statew ide road asset, built through more than 100 years of endeavour, now appears to be beyond the resources of officialdom to either maintain or strengthen. It was the same in 1959, and it appears the mistakes of the past have not been heeded, as the road transportation task continues to grow on a road system that is threatening to crumble – as an instructive story from the pages of Motor News in 1959 show s. It may seem inconceivable today, but in 1959 there was growing concern about traffic congestion in Hobart. The R ACT prepared its own solution, in conjunction w ith post-graduate students at Hobart Technical College. The proposal was for a fly-over to cross the Hobart railway yards and link the Tasman Highway with lower Davey Street. The plan included a model, drawings and repor ts. “The by-pass would provide a direct highway link with the Midlands and Tasman Highways and Huon and Channel Highways, and would also lead directly to the proposed new Southern Outlet Highway,” R ACT President, Dr Duncombe said. “The proposal represents a straightforward engineering design and would have clean and functional aesthetic appeal.” Two paragraphs in the August 1959 Motor News indicated grow ing political concern. The State Gover nment believed the plans should be shown to the Hobart City Council before being presented to the Premier, Eric Reece, or his Minister for Lands and Works. Old ministerial minders will see a classic hand-pass in play! The R ACT dutifully took the plans to the Hobart City Council, while the State Gover nment ducked for cover. We can only speculate now on the degree of enthusiasm with which Hobart City Every Tasmanian has a unique sense of style. No matter what your passion, find the right fit for you and your car in the TasPlates collection. Tailor your plate to show what you love about your life. Visit www.tasplates.com or call 1300 787 060. COMPLETE YOUR LOOK. 0049 MY STYLE. MY PLATE.
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