Department of State GrowthTransport

South East Traffic Solution

The South East Traffic Solution aims to help maintain the liveability of Sorell and the Southern Beaches by improving travel time reliability through a more efficient and safer road network.

This program is jointly funded by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments.

South East Traffic Solution Projects

Project commitments under the South East Traffic Solution include:

Current status

We have released final designs for the Hobart Airport to Western Causeway, Midway Point Intersection Solution and Sorell Southern Bypass.

Next Steps

Proposed construction time frame

Arthur Highway Overtaking Lane Oct 2019 to March 2020 - Complete
Hobart Airport InterchangeJune 2020 to May 2022
Midway Point Intersection Solution October 2020 to March 2022
Hobart Airport to Western Causeway January 2021 to May 2022
Sorell Bypass or Western CausewaySeptember 2021 to March 2023

During Construction

There will be some changes to traffic lanes and intersection arrangements during the works, to help us effectively carry out the works, and keep everyone safe.

Lane closures and reduced speed limits will be in place during the works. Road users will need to allow extra travel time.

Traffic management at worksites along the Tasman Highway will be coordinated to minimise delays.

More information will be provided closer to the start of works.

Community consultation

In mid-2019 we asked the community for their feedback on options for:

  • Sorell Southern Bypass
  • Hobart Airport to Western Causeway
  • Midway Point intersection Solution.

The first consultation period closed on 28 June 2019. You can view a summary of all the feedback received: Consultation Summary  - South East Traffic Solution 2019

After that consultation, we reviewed the community feedback and worked with key stakeholders to draft a revised design for the Hobart Airport to Western Causeway project.

The design was available for public comment in December 2019

More information, including key issues raised during the consultation and our response, is in the Project Update.

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South East Traffic Solution map

Other Projects

The Tasmanian Government has also other commitments on the Tasman Highway.

  • In January 2019, a network of revised bus services was launched in Southern Tasmania. This includes a significant increase in services to a number of locations including Sorell and the Huon Valley.
  • The Tasmanian Government has committed to planning to improve Tasman Highway access ramps at Rosny

The Sorell to Hobart Planning Study is continuing to identify the most effective and cost efficient ways of reducing congestion and providing peak period travel time reliability on the Tasman Highway between Sorell and Hobart.

About the South East Traffic Solution

The Sorell area is leading population growth in Tasmania’s south, increasing at nearly three times the rate of the state as a whole. With that growth comes increasing pressures on the transport system leading to traffic congestion and reduced travel time reliability at peak times for commuters and visitors travelling between the Southern Beaches, Sorell and Hobart.

Further pressure on the local road network is generated by strong growth in tourist traffic, with Sorell at the junction of the Tasman Highway and Arthur Highway, carrying through-traffic from the Great Eastern Drive from the north, and Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula from the south-east.

The South East Traffic Solution is a multi-level short and medium term Tasmanian Government vision that recognises the need to preserve the lifestyle attractions of Sorell and the Southern Beaches as commuter satellite communities.