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Davey Street, Hobart

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Type  Street
Region  Hobart
Length  2 km
Major cities  Hobart
Davey Street, Hobart
Route number(s)  A6 (Tasman Highway - Southern Outlet) B64 (Southern Outlet - Huon Road)
East end  Brooker Highway / Tasman Highway / Macquarie Street Hobart, Tasmania
West end  Huon Road / Darcy Street / Lynton Avenue South Hobart, Tasmania

Davey Street a major one way street passing through the outskirts of the Hobart Central business district in Tasmania, Australia. Davey street is named after Thomas Davey, the first Governor of Van Diemen's Land. The street forms a One-way couplet with nearby Macquarie Street connecting traffic from the Southern Outlet in the south with traffic from the Tasman Highway to the east and the Brooker Highway to the north of the city. With Annual average daily traffic of 37,200, the road is one of the busier streets in Hobart.

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Map of Davey St, Tasmania, Australia

The Public Buildings in the street can be dated back to the 1840s

It also was regularly photographed in the nineteenth century

Davey Street is featured as a property in the Australian version of Monopoly.

Route

Davey street commences close to the historic Royal Engineers Building at an intersection with the Tasman Highway, the Brooker Highway and Macquarie Street. It is four-lane for almost all of its length, providing access to Salamanca, Sandy Bay and the Southern Outlet to Kingston and Huonville.

Sections of Davey Street's alignment are on reclaimed land on the edge of the harbour. It borders two of the city's largest urban parks — Franklin Square and St David's Park.

Prominent buildings in the street include the Executive Building, which houses the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Hotel Grand Chancellor and Federation Concert Hall, the Hobart Real Tennis Club, and what was the Davey St Telstra exchange (now apartments).

Proposed Bypass

The current One-way couplet system between Macquarie Street and Davey Street was first proposed with the publication of the Hobart's Transportation study in 1965. At the time the couplet system was intended to be a stop gap measure before the then proposed Northside Freeway could be completed. However the proposed freeway was seen as controversial and abandoned. Since the completion of the couplet in 1987, there has been no alternative route between the Southern outlet and the other major arterial roads in Hobart. There has since been several design proposals for a tunnel under the city ranging from cut and cover proposals under Davey/Macquarie Streets to large scale bored tunnels running from the Southern Outlet through to the Tasman Bridge.

References

Davey Street, Hobart Wikipedia


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