The work will improve driver safety at the intersection, which has a history of road accidents, according to a statement from Federal Minster for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester.
“This project is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to driving down road trauma, through duplication of major highways, installation of road safety barriers, widening road shoulders, better lighting, tactile line marking, improved signage and increasing the number of rest areas. All these are currently being rolled out across the nation through various local, state and federal initiatives,” said Mr. Chester.
The new intersection will separate the Huon Highway from Summerleas Road, which will pass underneath the highway.
According to Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding, the improvements will deliver a far safer road and reduce traffic delays in the area.
“Dedicated on and off ramps connecting to Summerleas Road will create safer access for traffic entering and leaving the highway, and vehicles travelling on the Huon Highway will continue uninterrupted by cross-traffic,” he said.
“The upgrade will also make the intersection safer for other road users, with bus stops being relocated, a shared pathway created for cyclists and pedestrians, and flexible safety barriers added on the Huon Highway.”