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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Huon Highway—Summerleas Road intersection upgrade underway

Media Release


31 January 2017

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Eric Abetz

Senator for Tasmania

  • First sod turned on crucial safety upgrade, to help tackle the growing risk of cross-highway crashes at the busy intersection
  • The project will be a major investment in Tasmanian transport infrastructure and jobs
  • Upon completion, Summerleas Road will pass safely under the Huon Highway

Works to improve safety at the intersection of Huon Highway and Summerleas Road near Kingston are getting underway, with the first sod turned today.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian and Tasmanian governments were investing $21.87 million in the key safety upgrade.

“The intersection of the Huon Highway and Summerleas Road is a key connection point in the Kingborough municipality. It links residential areas to commercial and educational facilities, and Huon Valley communities and industries with Hobart and beyond,” Mr Chester said.

“Cross-highway crashes at the busy intersection have been steadily increasing over recent years. This project will prevent the need for traffic to cross over the highway, giving motorists a safer, smoother ride through the area. I know that this important project has been championed for a long time by Senator Eric Abetz who lives in the local community.”

Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said the project represented a significant investment in Tasmania's transport infrastructure and the creation of jobs in the state, and despite Labor's claims to the contrary, was being delivered on time.

“Construction works are being undertaken by a joint venture between two experienced Tasmanian companies—VEC and Shaw,” Senator Abetz said.

“In addition to direct employment within the main contractors, it is estimated that more than 20,000 sub-contractor hours will be needed to deliver this project over the next 18 months. This is an important upgrade for people in Kingston and the Huon Valley who use this dangerous intersection daily.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the upgrade will improve driving conditions for all motorists.

“The new intersection will separate the Huon Highway from Summerleas Road, which will pass underneath the highway, and the dedicated on and off-ramps will create safer access for traffic entering and leaving the highway,” Mr Hidding said.

“Vehicles travelling along the highway will be able to continue uninterrupted by Summerleas Road traffic crossing the highway, and opposing traffic will be separated by central flexible safety barriers. Importantly, it will also improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists by providing shared pathways and improved bus stop facilities.

“Motorists will start to notice changes, including traffic management, at the site in coming weeks as construction gets underway in earnest.”

The Australian Government has committed $17.5 million and the Tasmanian Government $4.37 million to the project, which is scheduled for completion in mid-2018.