Tasman Highway Upgrade - Sideling
We are upgrading the Tasman Highway at the Sideling to support Tasmania’s freight and tourism economies and make it safer for all road users.
The project involves upgrading about 15 kilometres of the Tasman Highway between Corkerys Road intersection (500 metres north west of the Sideling Lookout) and Minstone Road, Scottsdale.
It will improve safety and the current road alignment by widening of highway curves, widening the road and sealing the road shoulders.
This $50 million-upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmania Governments
This project will improve:
Community consultation for the Tasman Highway Sideling Road Upgrade Project is now closed.
The plans for the project were able to be viewed online until from Wednesday, 8 September to Wednesday, 22 September 2021. Feedback forms and boxes were also available for comment.
The Tasman Highway connects the major cities of Hobart and Launceston via the north-eastern and eastern coasts of Tasmania. The highway passes over difficult terrain between Scottsdale and Launceston, winding through the Sideling Range. It has many tight curves that do not meet today's safety standards and guidelines for heavy vehicles.
This upgrade will result in this portion of the highway meeting today's safety standards and guidelines.
The project area is shown below.
The project will be delivered in two stages;
The Project will be delivered in two stages:
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The design for the Tasman Highway Sideling Road Upgrade Project is underway.
The expected timing for each stage is below.
Surveys and investigations: July - August 2021
Public consultation: 8 September 2021 - 22 September 2021
Tender advertised: October 2021
Construction start: late 2022
Construction completion: 2024
Surveys and investigations: February - March 2022
Public consultation: Mid-2022
Tender advertised: mid to late 2022
Construction start: late 2022
Construction completion: mid 2024
We will update road users and the community about the approach for construction. You can also register for updates by emailing email@example.com or follow the RoadsTas Facebook page for the latest information.
No. Contract negotiation is still ongoing for Section 1. The tender release date for Section 2 has not yet been determined.
Construction for Section 1 is expected to commence early 2022. Section 2 is expected to commence construction late 2022.
Yes. Design of Section 1 has confirmed that the existing road pavement will be reclaimed and reused onsite as part of a new road base. The road pavement will then be re-laid and sealed.
The road design for Section 2 has not yet started.
Extensive surveys and geotechnical investigations have been conducted to better inform design for improved drainage and more durable road conditions as part of the upgrade.
This has included, but is not limited to, deflectograph testing of present road durability, potholing and sample testing of existing road foundations, and consideration of key points of failure and potholing within the existing road surface.
Significant improvements have also been made in road design and construction in recent decades and all elements of the road upgrade are required to meet modern Australian standards in design and construction.
Yes. As part of the road widening, road shoulders will be upgraded and sealed with bitumen. Where required some sections of the road drainage will be sealed.
The road upgrade follows the original alignment of the Tasman Highway. This existing alignment will be widened and the shoulders sealed.
A Traffic Management Plan will be developed by the successful Contractor and approved by the Department of State Growth. This plan will carefully consider the management of any required traffic changes through the construction period, including whether road closures are required.
We are looking to provide opportunities for additional safe passing options as part of the design process. Options are limited however by the local terrain and existing alignment of the highway.
Any land acquisitions will be limited to the area required to widen and improve grades along the road shoulder to meet safety standards. Individual property owners will be approached directly as part of the development of the detailed design for the project.
Consideration of the environment is central to the Department of State Growth's planning process.
All State roads and infrastructure projects are subject to a:
Where possible significant ecological or heritage values are avoided and impacts minimised through appropriate management strategies. Where required, impacts are assessed against the relevant biodiversity protection code in the local planning scheme as part of the development application process.
State Growth requires all contractors to prepare a Construction Quality Plan that includes an Environmental Management Plan (EMP), demonstrating compliance with best practice guidelines and relevant legislation and regulation.
The EMP must be compliant with State Growth's Road Construction Specifications. EMP's are reviewed and approved prior to commencement of works to ensure the contractor has effectively identified, ascribed and accounted for construction related environmental risks, and has necessary systems and processes in place to effectively mitigate risk and respond to and report environmental incidents and emergency scenarios.
Funding has been committed for investigation work to upgrade the road between St Patricks River Bridge and the end of Section 1. Investigation work has not yet started.
If you would like to get in touch with our team, or cannot make the public consultation, we would still like to hear from you and work with you so that your feedback is provided to the project team for their consideration.
Phone: 0482 166 434
For further information about the project, please contact the Engagement Consultant, Stephanie Lawson, on 0482 166 434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.