Department of State GrowthTransport

East Derwent Highway Upgrade - Golf Links Road to Sugarloaf Road

The Tasmanian Government has committed to upgrading the section of the East Derwent Highway between Golf Links Road and Sugarloaf Road to make it safer and improve traffic flow.

About the project

The project will make the road safer, and improve travel time reliability. It will increase the capacity of the road, and make this section consistent with nearby sections of the highway.

During the project we will:

  • make the highway wider to have four lanes of traffic – two lanes in each direction
  • build a new concrete raised central median and safety barrier to reduce the risk of crashes
  • install new traffic lights at the upgraded intersection at Clinton Road and Geilston Bay Road
  • build safer access off the highway to Araluen Street, Lindisfarne North Primary School and Geilston Bay Recreation Area
  • add an off-road shared path and on-road cycling lanes
  • improve the left-turn pocket at the Sugarloaf Road intersection.

What has happened so far?

Field investigations

We completed field investigations in October and November. This was part of the design development phase.

Public consultation

Public consultation was open from Monday 11 November to Monday 25 November 2019.

Community members could contribute:

What is happening now?

Thank you to everyone who contributed during our public consultation. We are reviewing the wide range of feedback received.

A feedback report and summary is currently being developed and will be available on this website in January 2020.

You can also view the concept design below. Click on the image to view a larger version.

Concept design for East Derwent Highway Upgrade


Project timeline showing completed and upcoming stages. Date: October 2019, Activity:  Stakeholder Engagement and field Investigations; Status: Complete; Date: November 2019, Activity: Concept Design public consultation, Status: Compelte; Date: early 2020, Activity: Design Development, Status: Next Step; Date: Early-mid 2020, Activity: Design finalised, Status: upcoming; Date: Mid 2020, Activity: Construction Tender documents issued, Status: upcoming; Date: Mid-late 2020, Activity: Begin Construction, Status: Upcoming

Future works

The project is currently in the design development phase and is anticipated to be advertised for tender in mid 2020, with construction beginning mid – late 2020.


For more information about the project please contact:

Marti Cuatt
Senior Stakeholder Engagement Consultant, Jacobs
Phone:03 6221 3711