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1South East traffic solution projects

Project commitments under the South East Traffic Solution include:

2Current status - April 2022

We are continuing to work hard on the Hobart Airport to Midway Point Causeway, Midway Point Intersection Solution, Sorell Southern Bypass, and Hobart Airport Interchange.

Watch out for a number of traffic changes at roadworks on the Tasman and Arthur Highways in the coming weeks as we prepare to open the Midway Point Intersection Solution and Sorell Southern Bypass.

Changes to traffic conditions include switching traffic to different sections of the existing road and onto newly constructed roads.

To stay up to date with these changes, visit the Midway Point Intersection Solution project webpage and the Sorell Southern Bypass project webpage.

3Project time frames

Proposed project time frames

Arthur Highway Overtaking Lane Complete
Hobart Airport InterchangeDecember 2020 - late 2022 
Midway Point Intersection Solution November 2020 to June 2022
Sorell Southern BypassMarch 2021 to October 2022  
Hobart Airport to Midway Point Causeway2022 to 2024
Midway Point and Sorell Causeway Duplication2023 to 2025

During Construction

There will be some changes to traffic lanes and intersection arrangements during our works, to help us keep the road open and to keep everyone safe.

There will be reduced speed limits and lane closures in place. Please to allow extra travel time if you are passing through.

4Community consultation

Community consultation on causeways now open

We are asking for feedback on the proposed alignments for the duplication of the Midway Point and Sorell causeways.

Click here to have your say until 18 March 2022.

The proposed Midway Point causeway upgrade includes a duplicated causeway and a new bridge to the north of McGees bridge, while the existing Sorell causeway would be widened to four traffic lanes.

Both upgrades will include shared walking and cycling paths, and access for recreational fishing will also be retained on McGees Bridge.

To view the proposed alignments for the two causeways and provide your feedback until Friday, 18 March 2022, visit our online interactive map.

Previous community consultation on SETS projects

In mid-2019 we asked the community for their feedback on options for:

  • Sorell Southern Bypass
  • Hobart Airport to Midway Point Causeway
  • Midway Point intersection Solution.

The first consultation period closed on 28 June 2019. You can view a summary of all the feedback received: Consultation Summary  - South East Traffic Solution 2019

After that consultation, we reviewed the community feedback and worked with key stakeholders to draft a revised design for the Hobart Airport to Midway Point Causeway project.

The design was available for public comment in December 2019.

You can view the consultation report for this project here: Hobart Airport Interchange to Midway Point Causeway Stakeholder and Community Feedback Report.

More information, including key issues raised during the consultation and our response, is in the Project Update.

View a full-size version of the map here (PDF).

5Other projects

We made a commitment to:

  • in January 2019, a network of revised bus services was launched in Southern Tasmania. This includes a significant increase in services to a number of locations including Sorell and the Huon Valley
  • planning to improve Tasman Highway access ramps at Rosny.

The Sorell to Hobart Planning Study is continuing to identify the most effective and cost efficient ways of reducing congestion and providing peak period travel time reliability on the Tasman Highway between Sorell and Hobart.

6About the South East Traffic Solution

The Sorell area is leading population growth in Tasmania’s south, increasing at nearly three times the rate of the state as a whole. With that growth comes increasing pressures on the transport system leading to traffic congestion and reduced travel time reliability at peak times for commuters and visitors travelling between the Southern Beaches, Sorell and Hobart.

Further pressure on the local road network is generated by strong growth in tourist traffic, with Sorell at the junction of the Tasman Highway and Arthur Highway, carrying through-traffic from the Great Eastern Drive from the north, and Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula from the south-east.

The South East Traffic Solution is a multi-level short and medium term Tasmanian Government vision that recognises the need to preserve the lifestyle attractions of Sorell and the Southern Beaches as commuter satellite communities.