Tenders to be sought to deliver safer Huon Highway

Media Release

DC130/2016

30 September 2016

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Eric Abetz

Senator for Tasmania

Tenders to deliver the much-needed safety improvements at the intersection of the Huon Highway and Summerleas Road, near Kingston in Tasmania, will be called tomorrow (Saturday October 1).

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $21.8 million jointly funded project would improve driver safety at the intersection, which has a history of road accidents.

“The intersection of the Huon Highway and Summerleas Road is one of Kingston's key connections linking fast-growing residential areas to major commercial and educational facilities, which is why it is so important to ensure the safest journey possible for road users,” Mr Chester said.

“This project is part of the Australian Government's commitment to driving down road trauma, through duplication of major highways, installation of road safety barriers, widening road shoulders, better lighting, tactile line marking, improved signage and increasing the number of rest areas. All these are currently being rolled out across the nation through various local, state and federal initiatives.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said improvements to the intersection would deliver a far safer road and reduce traffic delays in the area.

“The new intersection will separate the Huon Highway from Summerleas Road, which will pass underneath the highway. Dedicated on and off ramps connecting to Summerleas Road will create safer access for traffic entering and leaving the highway, and vehicles travelling on the Huon Highway will continue uninterrupted by cross-traffic,” Mr Hidding said.

“The upgrade will also make the intersection safer for other road users, with bus stops being relocated, a shared pathway created for cyclists and pedestrians, and flexible safety barriers added on the Huon Highway.”

Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz said extensive consultation on the design occurred earlier this year, with the community welcoming safety improvements to the junction.

“This intersection has a history of crashes, notably those related to right-turn movements from Huon Highway to Summerleas Road and cross-highway traffic on Summerleas Road. This vital project will reduce accidents and save lives,” Senator Abetz said.

The estimated cost of the project is $21.875 million, with the Australian Government contributing $17.5 million and the Tasmanian Government $4.375 million. Further information about the project is available at www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects