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Over the last 10 years, there have been 33 reported crashes at the intersection. The numbers per category are:

  • one serious injury,
  • eight minor injury,
  • seven requiring first aid; and
  • 17 property damage only.

The main type of crash involves vehicles turning right out of Sandfly road towards Kingston.

The revised design will improve road safety and provide safer bus and freight transport movements at the intersection.

View the community consultation and feedback reports below:

2019 Consultation Summary Report.

2020 Consultation Summary Report.

You can also view the report for a speed limit review at the Sandfly intersection below:

Community Consultation Feedback Report.

1About the project

Hazell Bros have been awarded the contract for the Huon Highway / Sandfly Road Intersection safety upgrade.

Works will start in February 2021, with completion anticipated to be at the end of 2021, weather permitting.

2Traffic Impacts & Detours - May 2021

From Monday, 3 May 2021, traffic conditions will change at the intersection of Huon Highway and Sandfly Road.

One lane will remain open in each direction, but a short section of the current southbound lane on the Huon Highway (heading towards Huonville) will be diverted onto one of the two Hobart-bound lanes.

There will be a reduced speed limit during our working hours, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, with occasional Saturday works if required.

Please allow 10 minutes extra travel time and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.

3Community consultation

We asked people for their feedback in June/July 2019 on a concept design to improve safety at the intersection.

We considered the feedback from the community and key stakeholders, and used it to develop a new concept design.

The revised concept design was presented to key stakeholders and the wider community in July/August, 2020 and includes the following features.

  • The revised design has been reconfigured to address the issues of confusion in the centre of the intersection and obscured driver vision.
  • The concept design includes wider medians, providing room for buses and trucks to wait safely, and traffic islands.
  • One of the uphill lanes through the intersection has been removed by relocating the overtaking lane to the west of the intersection to improve safety.
  • The slip lane for Huon-bound vehicles turning left into Sandfly Road south has been relocated, which will improve vision for those entering the Huon Highway from Sandfly south.
  • A new slip lane into Sandfly Road north towards Longley will provide a deceleration lane for descending vehicles, which reduces the risk of turning vehicles being struck from behind.
  • The design also includes improved pedestrian, cyclist and car parking facilities, better access to the bus stops, and improved lighting through the intersection.

We undertook a second round of consultation and invited feedback from the community in July 2020 on a new concept design, the elongated wide median treatment, to improve safety at the intersection (see image).

We considered all feedback, including individual feedback, as well as having consulted with Kingborough and Huon Valley Councils, local industry, business owners, and key stakeholders to determine a final design solution. This solution is based on community consultation and feedback

View the 2019 Consultation Summary Report.

View the 2020 Consultation Summary Report

4The final design

The design incorporates the following improvements.

  • A left turn slip lane has been added from Sandfly Road south onto the highway heading to Huonville. Vehicles will be able to turn left at the intersection and accelerate up the hill in their own lane making it a safer entry for drivers using the highway.
  • The relocation of the southbound bus stop to the Hobart side of the intersection places the bus stop closer to the parking facility making it easier for passengers to access.
  • The relocation of the pedestrian crossing closer to Hobart will reduce the number of lanes that pedestrians need to cross, making it safer for road users and pedestrians.
  • A new fenced footpath from the bus stop on the Sandfly side of the intersection to the pedestrian crossing making it safer for pedestrians.
  • The parking facility has been made larger so that more parking is available.
  • Bike crossings for cyclists are included in the design.

Click here to enlarge the design.

Contact details

For further information about the project, please contact our Stakeholder Engagement Consultant, Lucy Bennett, on 0408 074 592, or by email, lucy@venturercommunications.com