South East Traffic Solution
The South East Traffic Solution aims to help maintain the liveability of Sorell and the Southern Beaches by reducing travel times through a more efficient and safer road network.
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.
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.
Project commitments under the South East Traffic Solution include:
- Hobart Airport Roundabout Improvements - Construction of a second lane at the roundabout, improvements to the entry and exit points and the removal of the merge on the approach to the roundabout from Hobart. These works are separate from, and will be completed in advance of, the longer term Hobart Airport Interchange Upgrade.
- Tasman Highway at Tasmania Golf Club - $5 million for turning facilities and two further lanes linking the first causeway with the new Hobart Airport Interchange.
- Midway Point Intersection Solution - $7.5 million to replace the roundabout at the intersection of Tasman Highway and Penna Road with traffic signals.
- Sorell Southern Bypass - $9 million for planning and design for a bypass on the reserved transport corridor between the Tasman Highway near the Giblin Drive intersection and the Arthur Highway near Nugent Road.
- Arthur Highway Overtaking Opportunity - $5 million to build an overtaking lane on the uphill highway section of Arthur Highway, 1.5km out of Sorell.
- Planning for duplication of Tasman Highway between Airport and Sorell - $500,000 towards planning to widen both causeways and duplicate McGees Bridge.
The Tasmanian Government has also made a commitment to:
- Double the number of bus services between Sorell and Hobart
- Start planning to improve Tasman Highway access ramps at Rosny