Department of State GrowthTransport

Huon Highway Grove - Right Turn Lane

The Department of State Growth is improving safety on the Huon Highway along the Grove straight, near the Willie Smith’s Apple Shed (Apple Shed). The southbound lane towards Huonville will be widened for approximately 300 metres, to make room for a dedicated lane for vehicles turning right into the Apple Shed.

About the project

Why is the Department of State Growth doing work on this road?

During a five year period, there were four reported crashes where vehicles waiting to turn right into the Apple Shed were struck from behind. The project will improve safety for all road users at this section of the highway by providing a dedicated lane for right-turning vehicles, while allowing traffic to be able to safely travel past those waiting vehicles.

The Huon Highway has experienced growth, with Huonville and the wider Huon Valley attracting tourists and commuters alike. The Apple Shed is a popular tourist and visitor destination and has experienced an increase in the number of visitors each year.

Environmental impact

There is a row of poplar trees on the southern side of the highway that will need to be removed to ensure the safety of road users.

Advice from a tree specialist indicated that the majority of the poplar trees are mature, in poor health and nearing the end of their lifespan, and that the required construction would further impact on the health and remaining lifespan of the trees, increasing the risk of a tree or limbs falling onto the highway. A number of design options have been considered, but none allow for the trees to be retained while ensuring the safety of drivers on the highway.

New tree planting

The Department acknowledges that these trees have community significance and is working with the neighbouring landowner to develop a landscaping plan, which includes replacement of the removed trees with advanced poplars. The new trees will be planted further away from the road to avoid risk to road users and in a location that provides options for any future highway expansion.

The Department is aware of the sensitivities around vegetation removal, and will be continuing to work with landowners and the community to ensure they are kept informed as the project progresses.

Timing of the project

The project is in the detailed design phase, with work starting in February / March 2019.

Additional information

Design plan

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Design plan for the Huon Highway Right Turn Lane

Location map

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Location Map of the Huon Highway Grove right turn lane

Contact Details

For further information about the project please contact the Project Manager, Kevin Bourne, on (03) 6166 3422 or by email at: info@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

Updated Tuesday, 4 December 2018