Sorell Southern Bypass
A transport corridor was identified and protected for the bypass of Sorell in the 1970s. It forms part of the current Master Plan for the Sorell Township.
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.
Tasmanian company Hazell Bros has been awarded the contract for the Sorell Southern Bypass and work is expected to start mid-2021.
The design for the Sorell Southern Bypass will be two lanes (one in each direction) and will have a speed limit of 80km/hr. Existing property accesses will be maintained.
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
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.
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.