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East Tamar Highway - Mowbray Connector - Intersection Upgrade

The Tasmanian Government has committed funding to improve the safety and traffic flow at the Mowbray Connector, on the East Tamar Highway.

A roundabout will replace the intersection, to make it easier for traffic turning out of Mowbray Link.

About the project

Currently some road users have to cross the East Tamar Highway when turning in and out of the Mowbray Link.

A roundabout will replace the current intersection, with works starting in September 2019. It will improve safety by reducing the risk of crashes at the Mowbray Link.

Traffic impacts

Road works will start from 16 September 2019.  During construction there will be temporary traffic changes to keep everyone safe.

The East Tamar Highway and Mowbray Link will remain open, with a reduced speed limit and regular lane closures.

Please approach the area with caution, and follow the instructions of traffic controllers and signs.

Dates

Public display: 11 – 26 April 2019.

Tender advertised: late April 2019.

Construction: September 2019 - April 2020.

Design

The roundabout has been designed to improve traffic flow at the Mowbray Connector. It will have little impact on traffic traveling north past the intersection.

There will be an 80 km/h speed limit on the East Tamar Highway, between Forster Street and Mowbray Connector (northbound) and University Way and Forster Street (southbound).

Road users will use the roundabout when:

  • turning into Mowbray Link from the East Tamar Highway (both directions)
  • out of Mowbray Link on to the East Tamar Highway (both directions)
  • traveling towards Launceston on the East Tamar Highway.

Traffic heading towards George Town on the East Tamar Highway can bypass the roundabout.

You can view the design by clicking on the image below.

New design plan for the Mowbray Connector Intersection Upgrade - showing a new roundabout to be installed, and a new speed limit of 80km/h to be applied between Forster Street and Mowbray (northbound) and University Way and Forster Street (southbound)

Location

Why are you installing a roundabout instead of an overpass or traffic signals?

The original design for the intersection included traffic lights. After consulting with the community and key stakeholders, we have changed the design to include a roundabout instead.

We considered an overpass, but ruled it out due to the cost, and because the intersection is so close to the Tamar River.

Contact details

For further information about this project please contact the Project Manager, Trevor Gibson, on 6166 3443 or by email at: info@stategrowth.tas.gov.au