Department of State GrowthTransport

Arthur Highway Overtaking Lane

The Tasmanian Government has committed to the Arthur Highway Overtaking Lane project as a part of the South East Traffic Solution.

About the project

The Department has finished a design plan for the project following consultation with the community. Works will start in mid October 2019.

The project includes:

  • A 500 metre southeast bound overtaking lane.
  • Separate turn lanes for the Valleyfield Road and Schofield Drive junctions.
  • Safer school bus stop locations and U-turn facilities in Valleyfield Road and Schofield Drive.

The U-turn and safe bus stop locations will be a safe place for buses to pick up and drop off passengers. They will help us meet the current and future needs of the community.

This project will improve safety on the highway. It will reduce delays and driver frustration by increasing overtaking opportunities.


Works will start mid October, and should be finished by March 2020, weather permitting.

There will be some changes to traffic conditions during the works, to keep our workers and all users safe.

There will be a reduced speed limit during our working hours, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.  Road users should allow an extra 5 minutes for their journey.

There may also be some lane closures in the future. We will let people know about any future changes to traffic conditions.

Please slow down, approach the area with caution and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.


Arthur Highway, between Valleyfield Road and Schofield Drive.


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Arthur Highway Overtaking Lane design plan

Contact details

For further information about the project, please contact the Project Manager, Mary O’Hare, on (03) 6166 3435 or by email

About the South East Traffic Solution

This upgrade on the Arthur Highway is part of a planned suite of projects, known as the South-East Traffic Solutions, to upgrade the Tasman Highway between the Airport and Sorell and Arthur Highway south of Iron Creek Bridge in south-east Tasmania.

These projects will ensure safer and more reliable travel in south-east Tasmania for locals and visitors alike.

Find out more: South East Traffic Solution