Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New Huon Highway overpass boosts safety at major intersection

Media Release

PF010/2018

08 February 2018

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Hobart motorists will have access to safer roads following the opening of the new Huon Highway overpass at Summerleas Road near Kingston.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the Summerleas Road intersection had a history of crashes due to traffic crossing the highway and the opening of the overpass was a major milestone in ongoing efforts to improve safety on the key transport corridor.

“The Huon Highway connects the Huon Valley and major industries such as forestry, aquaculture and agriculture to central Hobart and other destinations so it's very important that this vital connection is safe for motorists and fit for purpose,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The Summerleas Road intersection sits adjacent to Kingston, one of greater Hobart's highest growth residential areas, and links residential areas to commercial, education and other facilities.

“This is yet another example of how the Turnbull Government's $1.1 billion investment in infrastructure in Tasmania is creating jobs and boosting economic growth and prosperity in the state.”

The project is jointly funded by the Turnbull and Hodgman Governments, with the Federal Government committing $17.5 million and the Tasmanian Government $4.5 million.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said highway traffic was now passing over where Summerleas Road would be located once the overall upgrade is completed mid-year.

“This ongoing project will improve safety for all who travel in the region as well as supporting hundreds of jobs,' Mr Hidding said.

“Now that motorists are using the new overpass, construction will begin on ramps and roundabouts underneath the structure. Installation of flexible safety barriers will also continue.

“Speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions will continue throughout the construction period, and we thank motorists for their patience while this vital infrastructure upgrade is delivered.”

Work on the project started in February 2017 and it is on schedule to be completed in mid-2018. For more information visit transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects.