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About the project

This project includes a southern bypass of Sorell between the Tasman Highway near Giblin Drive and the Arthur Highway near Nugent Road. The Bypass will allow Southern Beaches and Tasman Peninsula traffic to avoid driving through Sorell to connect with the Arthur Highway.

There will be a roundabout at the Giblin Drive end to facilitate traffic movement to both Sorell and towards the causeway and a roundabout at the Tasman Highway near Nugent Road to facilitate the movement of vehicles into Sorell.

Sorell Southern Bypass now open

From 10:00 am on Wednesday, 20 July 2022, if you are travelling between Hobart and the Southern Beaches and Tasman Peninsula, you will be able to bypass Sorell.

The new 2 km road runs between the Tasman Highway on the southern side of Sorell and the Arthur Highway near Nugent Road, with roundabouts at each end to help keep traffic moving and a speed limit of 80km/hr.

Due to cold weather, the bypass has opened to traffic with a temporary road surface. The temporary surface will be replaced by a final seal in the summer months when the weather is better for long-term sealing works.

Click on the Sorell Southern Bypass location map to view in full size.

Sorell Southern Bypass Map July 2022

1Community consultation

We asked the community for their feedback on this design in June 2019. There was broad support for this project in the community, subject to design details.

View a summary of feedback here: Consultation  Summary - South East Traffic Solution

2Frequently asked questions

Why do we need a Bypass?

At the moment traffic is queuing in the Sorell Town Centre.

The Bypass will give road users the option to avoid driving through Sorell to connect with the Arthur Highway.

We expect that about 40 percent of traffic entering Sorell from the causeways and 60 percent of traffic entering Sorell from the Arthur Highway will take the Bypass.

How will this affect the Sorell town centre?

The bypass will remove through-traffic from the town centre.

This will improve access to Sorell businesses for local residents and visitors, and improve traffic flow through the town centre.

3Contact details

For further information about the project, please contact our contractor, Hazell Bros Group, on  0434 644 861 or email

Thank you for your patience during this important work.