Why is the Department of State Growth doing work on this road?
The Tasmanian Government made an election commitment of $1.5 million for Huon Highway Priority Safety Upgrades.
Before the 2014 State Election, the Huon Valley Council identified in its State Election Strategy a number of locations on the Huon Highway for safety upgrades including:
- Mountain River Road (Grove shop)
- Willie Smith’s Apple Shed
- Reid Fruits
- Basin Road (which provides access to Hansen Orchards)
- The Honey Pot
- Dowlings Road (which provides access to Kate Hill Wines)
Of the locations identified by Council, the Apple Shed access has the highest crash history over a five year period. For this reason, the Apple Shed access has been given the highest priority for funding. During a five year period, there were four reported crashes where vehicles waiting to turn right into the Apple Shed were struck from behind.
The Huon Highway has experienced growth, with Huonville and the wider Huon Valley attracting tourists and commuters alike. The Apple Shed is a popular visitor destination and has experienced an increase in the number of visitors each year.
The projects will improve safety for all road users along this section of the highway by widening the road to provide safer turning movements for vehicles waiting to turn right.