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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

Design

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. It will improve safety by reducing the risk of crashes at the Mowbray Link.

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)

Traffic impacts

Road works will start in late 2019.

During construction there will be temporary traffic changes to keep everyone safe.

Once works have started, road users should allow up to ten minutes extra travel time during this area.

Dates

Public display: 11 – 26 April.

Tender advertised: late April 2019

Construction: late 2019.

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