Tasmanian Road Projects

See what road projects the government is working on and what designs are put in place to improve conditions for bicycle riders.

The Tasmanian Government has a policy to consider bike riders when its building new roads or upgrading existing roads, so some of these projects may also include new bicycle paths, lanes, sealed shoulders, crossings or lights. 

Southern Tasmania

South East Traffic Solution: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/southeasttrafficsolution

Multiple small projects to improve the traffic flow between Hobart Airport and Sorell. This booming residential area should have a continuous bicycle corridor but at the moment it is fragmented and not direct.

Two roundabouts have been suggested at Midway Point and on the way to Hobart Airport that would include bicycle infrastructure.

On-road painted bicycle lanes have been included for the Hobart Airport Interchange.

Sorell to Hobart planning study: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/sorell_to_hobart_planning_study

This study will help shape future projects between the airport roundabout and Hobart, as well as options for active and passenger transport (pedestrians, bikes and buses) between Sorell and Hobart.

Bruny Island Main Road upgrade: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/bruny_island_main_road_upgrade

Finishing the sealing the main road between Alonnah and Lunawanna, and Lunawanna and the start of Lighthouse Road. If shoulders are also sealed when this work is being done it would provide a comfortable place for residents and tourists to ride.

Domain Highways Planning Study: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/domain_highways_planning_study

Takes in the Domain Highway, Brooker Highway and Tasman Highway around the Queens Domain. Consultation has occurred and consultants are now formulating options. There is potential here to provide safer connections to the Queens Domain for bike riders and a shared path along the Brooker Highway.

Channel Highway Planning Study: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/ChannelHighwayplanningstudy

Consultation is finished for this study looking at current future needs of the community, with a plan due to be finished in August.

Huon Highway Sandfly interesection upgrade: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/huon_highway_sandfly_road_intersection_safety_upgrade

Consultation is underway on this project, which must include provision for cycling needs at the interesection as it is part of the popular Commando loop ride.

Lyell Highway Ouse to Strickland shoulder sealing: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/lyell_highway_ouse_to_strickland_shoulder_sealing

The Lyell is a popular leg for cycling tourists taking in the west coast. Shoulder sealing is being done to improve safety for motor vehicles but it will improve space available for comfortable riding.

Southern Outlet fifth lane: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/southern_outlet_fifth_lane

Options are being worked on to add a fifth lane to the Southern Outlet for buses and emergency services. Consultation happened in 2018 but not mention was made of adding a cycling option to the outlet.

Tasman Highway Great Eastern Drive: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/greateasterndrive

This is a collection of projects designed to make the road easier to drive on but no mention is made of the fact it’s the most popular tourist riding location as well. We’d expect any road widening to seal shoulders to give touring cyclists a more comfortable space.

Richmond Road masterplan: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/richmond_road_master_plan

Shoulders along sections of Richmond Rd are being sealed which will benefit riders, as Richmond Rd is a popular cycling route, although the surface will be spray sealed rather than asphalted which can leave chips in the shoulder. Once all the sealing is done the department will review the speed limit.

Northern Tasmania

Evandale Road duplication between Launceston Airport and Breadalbane roundabout: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/evandale_road_duplication_-_launceston_airport_for_breadalbane

With more pople coming and going from the airport with bikes as tourists or workers, the project should include provision for bicycle facilities or at the very least wide, sealed shoulders.  

West Tamar Highway projects: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/westtamarhighwayprojects

Some of these projects involve widening and sealing the shoulders which will benefit the many cyclists who use this as part of their training loops. Consultation has closed and final designs are scheduled for late 2019.  

Goderich Street – Intersection upgrades: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/GoderichStreetintersectionupgrades

The Invermay Master Traffic Plan has identified the Goderich and Forster streets intersection and Goderich and Gleadow streets for upgrade to improve traffic flow but sill cater to people walking and cycling to the university. 

North West Tasmania

Bass Highway, Cooee to Wynyard planning study www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/CooeetoWynyard

Suggestions to improve traffic flow along the highway include a new bridge over the Cam River but bike riders will be sent to the yet to be built North-West Coastal Pathway.

Bass Highway, Leith overpass: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/bass_highway_-_leith_overpass

Options have been developed for overpasses over the Bass Highway to connect residential areas of Turners Beach with Leith and Forth. No bicycle infrastructure was detailed in option designs but a path on an overpass could be useful for residents trying to avoide the high speed, high volume traffic on the Bass Highway.

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