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October 2017 – Construction update

Earlier this month the bridge beams were installed, with construction of the bridge deck the key focus over the coming months. Construction of the ramps and the road’s pavement continues.

Traffic will still be diverted via the temporary side road over the next few months – as bridge construction continues.

Please be aware that temporary speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions are in place throughout the construction period. These conditions are necessary to ensure the safety of all workers and road users.

Please slow down, approach the work site with caution, and follow all traffic control instructions.

Photo of bridge construction 5 October 2017. Photo courtesy of VEC Shaw Joint Venture.




15 August 2017 – Construction update

Bridge construction at the work site is progressing well – with the placement of the bridge piers and supports occurring. In addition the construction progress for both the south-bound on and off ramps, and north and south-bound road lanes, continues.

Traffic will continue to be diverted via the temporary side road over the next few months as bridge construction progresses. All existing traffic movements in and around the intersection (including movement turning into Summerleas Road) is still available due to the works’ minimal impact to traffic flow.

Temporary speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions will still be in place throughout the construction period. These conditions are necessary to ensure the safety of all workers and road users.

Please slow down, approach the work site with caution, and follow all traffic control instructions.

Huon Summerleas_15 August 2017

Photo of bridge construction 10 August 2017. Photo courtesy of VEC Shaw Joint Venture.

For more information please contact the contractor, VEC Shaw Joint Venture, on their customer service phone number: 0427 718 375, or via email: summerleasproject@vecshawjv.com.au




30 June 2017 – Construction Update

Traffic has moved onto the temporary side road located adjacent to the old highway.  All existing traffic movements in and around the intersection, including turning into Summerleas Road, are still available with minimal impact to traffic flow.

Major excavation works are underway and construction of the bridge has commenced. Construction of the south bound on and off ramps and road lanes are progressing well.  

Speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions will continue to be in place throughout the construction period.  These are necessary for the safety of workers and road users, so please slow down, approach the work site with caution and follow all traffic control instructions.

Huon Summerleas Construction Photo

Photo of site where bridge is being constructed and traffic on temporary side road. 14 June 2017

For further information about construction issues, please contact the Contractor, VEC Shaw Joint Venture, customer service phone number on 0427 718 375 or via email at: summerleasproject@vecshawjv.com.au




19 May 2017 – Construction Update

Changed Traffic Conditions

Traffic conditions have changed at the Huon Highway Summerleas Road intersection. All traffic has moved onto the temporary side road located adjacent to the existing highway.  This will allow for the second stage of work to commence which involves major excavations for the bridge construction.

All existing movements in and around the intersection, including turning into Summerleas Road, will still be available with minimal impact to traffic flow.

The temporary side road will be in place until early next year when traffic is moved across to the new bridge for the final stages of work.

Speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions will continue to be in place throughout the construction period.  These are necessary for the safety of workers and road users, so please slow down, approach the work site with caution and follow all traffic control instructions.

Figure 1: revised road layout during bridge construction (click on image for larger version)

Revised Road Layout map

Bus stops

As part of the second stage of works, existing bus stops at the Summerleas interchange will be moved to the final location, approximately 1.0 kilometre north, at the existing pedestrian underpass.  The bus stops are being relocated for the safety of pedestrians and road users.

Figure 2: Bus stop locations (click on image for larger version)

Bus Stop locations map

For further information about construction issues, please contact the Contractor, VEC Shaw Joint Venture, customer service phone number on 0427 718 375 or via email at: summerleasproject@vecshawjv.com.au




11 May 2017 – Construction Update

The second stage of works include moving traffic onto the temporary side road to allow for the bridge construction.  This formation will be in place until early next year when traffic is moved across to the new bridge for the final stages of works.  These changes will be made over the coming month.

During this stage all existing movements in and around the intersection will still be available with minimal impact on traffic flow.  Any changes will be clearly shown via the project Variable Message Boards (orange electronic signs).

Speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions will continue to be in place throughout the construction period.  These are necessary for the safety of workers and road users, so please slow down, approach the work site with caution and follow all traffic control instructions.

For further information about construction issues, please contact the Contractor, VEC Shaw Joint Venture, customer service phone number on 0427 718 375 or via email at: summerleasproject@vecshawjv.com.au




1 May 2017 – Construction Update

Works are progressing on the detour road which is adjacent to the existing Huon Highway.  It is anticipated that all traffic will move onto this detour road during May. This will allow major excavation to commence on the new intersection.

Reduced speed limits at the work site are necessary for the safety of workers and road users, so please slow down, approach the work site with caution and follow all traffic control instructions.

For further information about construction issues, please contact the Contractor, VEC Shaw Joint Venture, customer service phone number on 0427 718 375 or via email at: summerleasproject@vecshawjv.com.au




10 April 2017 – Construction Update

Excavation and earthworks are continuing on the southern and northern sections of the works site. These works will continue throughout April.

Construction will cease over the Easter break from Good Friday, 14 April, through to Easter Monday 17 April.  For your safety, reduced speed limits may still be in place due to the road conditions.  Please slow down, approach the work site with caution and obey all signage.

For further information about construction issues, please contact the Contractor, VEC Shaw Joint Venture, customer service phone number on 0427 718 375 or via email at: summerleasproject@vecshawjv.com.au




27 March 2017 – Construction Update - Temporary Lane Closures

Temporary lane closures will be in place on the Huon Highway at the Summerleas Road Interchange roadworks site between the times of:

  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from Tuesday 28 March to Friday 31 March.

During this period lanes for both directions of traffic will be down to one lane in total.

The closure will be on the Huon Highway just north of Summerleas Road intersection, for a short distance of up to 100 metres.  Road workers will manage traffic using stop/slow bats.

The lane closures are necessary to progress the next stage of this safety upgrade project.

Delays are to be expected and motorists should allow extra time for their journey.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Reduced speed limits at the work site are necessary for the safety of workers and road users, so please slow down, approach the work site with caution and follow all traffic control instructions.

For further information about construction issues, please contact the Contractor, VEC Shaw Joint Venture, customer service phone number on 0427 718 375 or via email at: summerleasproject@vecshawjv.com.au

Huon Highway photo

Huon Highway photo 2




3 March 2017 - Construction Update

Excavation has started! The majority of work over the next few months will occur alongside the existing Highway, not on it. However, with the increasing numbers of workers and machines on the site, please drive carefully, obey speed limits and the instructions of workers.

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23 February 2017

Works have commenced. Initial works will be concentrated on road widenings and the construction of a temporary bypass on the Huon Highway to allow for the new bridge construction as part of the upgrade. We will construct this bypass over the next several months. Until the bypass is in place you will travel on the existing roads through this intersection as shown below.

Huon Highway Summerleas Road Intersection map

The road widening will occur in the area between Summerleas Road and the Southern Outlet roundabout.  Changes will be clearly shown and communicated using roadside signs.

Speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions will be in place throughout the construction period.

View the fact sheet with more information here (PDF)

Public enquiries about these works can be made to the customer service phone number on 0427 718 375 or via email at: summerleasproject@vecshawjv.com.au




1 February 2017

The project has been awarded to VEC Civil Contracting and Shaw Construction. Works will commence in February 2017 and are anticipated to be completed by mid-2018.

Works will be performed under an approved Traffic Management Plan by the contractor to minimise disruption to road users.  Speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions will be in place through the construction period.  

To ensure the safety of road users and construction staff, please follow all signs and directions and allow sufficient time to travel through these work areas.

Construction queries can be directed to the contractor on 0427 718 375.




October 2016

This project is currently out to tender with awarding of the contract expected in late 2016. Construction work is expected to commence in January 2017.




September 2016

On Monday 5 September 2016, Kingborough Council approved the design and development application for the project.

The project will be tendered for construction in September 2016 with awarding of the project planned for late 2016.  Construction work is expected to commence in January 2017.




July 2016 

Consultants have been engaged to deliver the project. Consultation with the community commenced in February 2016.

A public display of the proposed design was held on Saturday, 5 March 2016 at Channel Court Shopping Centre, Kingston, where staff were available to answer questions about the project.

The concept design was also displayed at the Kingborough Council office in Kingston and Huon Valley Council Office in Huonville from 7-18 March 2016.

Feedback forms were made available at both public displays.

The preliminary design has been submitted to Kingborough Council for review and approval and has been advertised for public comment through the Council’s development application processes.

Feedback from the public display was reviewed and considered as part of the preliminary design process.