Road users are encouraged to plan ahead if intending to travel along the Zeehan Highway in coming days.
We are monitoring the site of a recent landslip on the Zeehan Highway ahead of expected rain over coming days.
The Zeehan Highway near Yolande River was temporarily closed to through traffic between 19 and 23 September after heavy rain caused a landslip. A concrete barrier has been installed at the slip location to protect road users and ensure the road could be safely opened to one lane of traffic.
If heavy rain eventuates there may be a need to close the road as a precaution, due to an increased risk that any major slips at this location may not be able to be contained by the concrete barrier.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will only close the Zeehan Highway if necessary to ensure public safety. We don’t take the decision to close a road lightly, but in all situations our first priority is the safety of all road users.
Due to the possibility of a temporary closure, road users are asked to plan ahead for intended travel on the Zeehan Highway over coming days just in case there is a need to allow for additional travel time.
We will keep the public updated and encourage road users to follow the Tasmania Police community alerts page for up-to-date information on emergency road closures: www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/
Road users are reminded to drive to the conditions and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.
We have been working on a long term management plan for the area, which will be put in place once weather permits.