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1About the project

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.

Current status

We have developed a design for the Sorell Southern Bypass, and are working on the final aspects of the design.

The Bypass will be two lanes (one in each direction) and will have a speed limit of 80km/hr. Existing property accesses will be maintained.

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

2Community 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

3Why 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.

4How 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.