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Richmond Road carries a diverse mix of traffic including commuters, agricultural vehicles, tourists and cyclists. It also has a disappointing crash history with some 86 crashes reported – including ten fatal or serious – between 2005 and 2015.

1Construction update July 2020

Construction started in November on the next package of works for the Richmond Road Master Plan. These works are now complete.

This package included the new Cambridge Link Road which connects Richmond Road to the Tasman Highway Acton Interchange and provides an alternative route that avoids Cambridge Village and the busy Richmond Road and Cambridge Road junction.

The new Cambridge Link Road is now open.

This package of work also included safety improvements on 3.2 kilometres of road between University of Tasmania Farm and Malcolms Hut Road and upgrades to Boyes Street junction.

There is a temporary reduced speed limit on the new Cambridge Link Road while the new surface settles. Please keep to speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.

Using new Cambridge Link Road

Below are some instructions on how to use the Cambridge Link Road:

  • When travelling from Hobart to Richmond, you can exit the Tasman Highway to the Kennedy Drive/Cambridge Road Roundabout, and then travel north on the new Cambridge Link Road. You will connect to Richmond Road at the northern end of the new road.
  • When travelling from the Airport to Richmond, you can exit the Tasman Highway on to the Acton Road roundabout, and then travel north, through the Kennedy Drive/Cambridge Road Roundabout and onto the new Cambridge Link Road. You will connect to Richmond Road at the northern end of the new road.
  • When travelling from Richmond to Hobart or towards the airport, you can connect to the new Cambridge Link Road and arrive at the Kennedy Drive/Cambridge Road Roundabout.
  • You can still access Richmond Road between the northern end of the new Cambridge Link Road and the Cambridge Primary School Intersection via the new Cambridge Link Road intersection, or via the old intersection at the Cambridge Primary School.

2Completed works

Richmond Golf Club to the University of Tasmania Farm - these works were completed in December 2018 and included shoulder sealing, drainage improvements and upgrades to Denholms Road junction.

Malcolms Hut Road Junction to Dry Creek – these works were completed in April 2019 and included construction of sealed shoulders and upgrades to the Malcolms Hut Road junction.

3Future works

Planning is continuing for the section north of Malcolms Hut Road to Grass Tree Hill Road. Construction will commence in late in 2020.

Following the implementation of the Master Plan, the Department will commission an independent review of Richmond Road. The review will establish an appropriate speed limit with consideration of the completed road widening and safety improvement works.

Contact details

For further information about the project please contact the Hazell Bros Project Manager, Garrick Smith, on 0418 351 698 or by email at: garrick.smith@hazellbros.com.au