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.

South East Traffic Solution Projects

Project commitments under the South East Traffic Solution include:

Community consultation

Earlier in 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

Revised design for Hobart Airport to Western Causeway

We've 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 from 29 November until 13 December 2019.

Visit our interactive map view the feedback collected during the consultation period.

Following this consultation process, we will be able to provide more information about the preferred design option, as well as more information about the Midway Point Intersection Solution and the Sorell Southern Bypass, in early 2020.

Next steps

We are refining the designs for the Midway Point Intersection Solution. and Sorell Southern Bypass.

In early 2020  we will be able to provide more information about these projects, as well as the preferred design option for the Hobart Airport to Western Causeway project.

Check back here, or follow the RoadsTas Facebook page for more details on this engagement process early next year.

Other Projects

The Tasmanian Government has also made a commitment to:

  • 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.
  • Start planning to improve Tasman Highway access ramps at Rosny

The Sorell to Hobart Planning Study is underway 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.