Major upgrade starts on Brooker Highway intersections
12 February 2016
Joint release with:
Senator for Tasmania
Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure
Safety, capacity and efficiency will improve for motorists on the Brooker Highway at Glenorchy, with upgrade works starting at the intersections at Elwick, Goodwood and Howard Roads.
The Australian Government is the major funder of the upgrade, contributing $25.6 million to the $32 million project.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project will reduce travel times and improve traffic flows north of Hobart.
"The Brooker Highway is critical to Tasmania's transport network and this upgrade will improve its role as a strategic and freight link between Hobart and the rest of Tasmania," Mr Truss said.
Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said the upgraded intersections will ease congestion for road users, especially at peak travel times.
"The project involves realigning Elwick and Goodwood Roads to become a signalised crossroad intersection, replacing two signalised T-junctions. The number of dedicated through lanes on the Brooker Highway will also be increased to three on each carriageway to ease congestion," Senator Abetz said.
"The Brooker Highway is one of the busiest sections of road in Tasmania, carrying some 35,000 traffic movements each day. More than 1.6 million tonnes of freight is carried annually along the highway, so efficient traffic flow through this section of road is critical to productivity."
Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the Tasmanian Government has committed $6.4 million towards the Brooker Highway intersection upgrade.
"The upgrade will improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists by incorporating crossings with countdown timers at the intersections and a shared pathway along the highway that will improve connectivity between local communities," Mr Hidding said.
"We anticipate that 45 jobs will be created for the duration of the project, as well as 100 jobs for shorter periods, demonstrating a clear employment benefit to the community.
"Construction will be staged and traffic managed to minimise the impact on traffic flow and on nearby businesses and residents. Traffic flow will be closely monitored throughout construction to ensure delays are kept to a minimum, and two sealed lanes in both directions will be maintained on the Brooker Highway during construction.
"It is important motorists allow up to 10 minutes extra for travel between Derwent Park Road and Berriedale Road during daylight hours."
Construction of the Brooker Highway intersections is expected to be completed mid-2017.
More project information is online at www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/brooker-highway.