Construction to ramp up on the Tasman Highway

Media Release


04 October 2014

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Tenders have been called today for the construction of the new Tasman Highway on-off ramps to improve access between the East Derwent and Tasman Highways.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said over 100,000 Hobart commuters each day will benefit from upgrading this section of the Tasman Highway.

“The current interchange is not able to handle current capacity, let alone future growth, which combined with its lack of safe merging opportunities means it is an accident waiting to happen,” Mr Truss said.

“The Tasman Highway over the Derwent River is the busiest road in Tasmania, so there are very large productivity gains available by investing in this project. Every dollar spent on this project will provide a return of over five times the initial investment.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the upgrade would better connect traffic from the East Derwent Highway onto the Tasman Highway, while a dedicated lane from the East Derwent Highway would allow safer access to Rosny Hill Road.

“We will also build a shared pedestrian and cycling path, linking the Yolla Street pedestrian overpass to the Tasman Highway pedestrian overpass, which will be of great benefit to residents around the Derwent River,” Mr Hidding said.

“This upgrade has been talked about for years, and our two governments are finally delivering what the community has been so vocal in supporting.”

The Australian Government has fully funded the project, with $2 million provided for planning works and a further $13 million committed for project delivery.

Construction is expected to commence the beginning of 2015 and be completed by mid-2016.