Huon Highway Corridor Study – Kingston to Southport
We are doing a study to look at the performance of the Huon Highway from Kingston to Southport and find ways to improve the highway.
This strategy will identify and prioritise projects that will provide a safer, consistent driving environment along this section of the highway.
The Huon Highway is an important road connecting community, industry and visitors to the Huon Valley with Hobart and delivering produce from the region to the major air and sea ports in Tasmania.
The Huon Highway from Kingston to Huonville is a Category 2 Major Regional Road. The purpose of Category 2 roads is to link major production areas to the Category 1 roads such as the Southern Outlet. It passes through both the Kingborough and Huon Valley Council local government areas.
Recently there has been an increase in successful tourism businesses along the Huon Highway, and more mixing of tourist and local traffic moving at a range of speeds. With this increase in road traffic there has been an increase in traffic incidents.
The Huon Highway from Huonville to Dover is a Category 3 Regional Access Road and is important to regional and local communities and economies. South of Dover, the Highway is a Category 4 Road, allowing safe travel between towns, major tourist destinations and industrial areas. The corridor carries heavy freight vehicles, school buses and tourist traffic as well as commuters.
We asked the community for their feedback in July and August 2021. Consultation closed on 14 August 2021 and we are working on a consultation feedback report.
This feedback will be used to inform the development of the corridor studies and to prioritise projects.
The aim of the Huon Highway Corridor Study – Kingston to Southport is to provide a list of road improvement projects over the next 30 years.
The key objectives are to identify:
We will develop a plan that will include a prioritised list of upgrade projects. The list will include projects that address high risk issues to be upgraded in the short term, and other upgrade opportunities that could be put forward for future funding allocations in the medium and long term.
The Huon Highway Corridor Study is made up of two sections:
The study will include a review the list of projects from the 2012/13 Huon Highway Corridor Study, which looked at the highway between Huonville and Southport. We will take your feedback on board to help us understand any new issues or changes since the previous study.
The Huon Highway Corridor Study will look at the capacity and safety features of the road between Kingston and Southport.
The study will deliver a prioritised list of road improvement projects, to meet the expected need of the road over the next 30 years.
A key priority of this project is to identify areas with high crash rates that could be upgraded as a priority for the short term. Medium and long term upgrade improvement options will address changes that are expected in the future.
The benefits of the future upgrades through this corridor are improved safety, reliability and efficiency.
We have been progressively preparing corridor studies for State roads across Tasmania to create consistency in how the State Road Network is planned and managed.
Corridor studies make planning and investment decisions transparent to the community, councils and other key stakeholders. By reviewing a variety of issues the corridor study identifies:
Upgrades across the Huon Highway will improve safety across the corridor, provide a more consistent traffic environment and improve transport efficiency.