The $22 million Huon Highway Summerleas Road Intersection upgrade in Tasmania has been completed and is providing a safer and smoother journey for motorists in the Huon Valley.
The upgrade provides a grade separated interchange, with Summerleas Road passing under the Huon Highway. Roundabouts were installed to increase safety for traffic turning between Summerleas Road and the Highway on and off ramps.
More than 20,000 sub contractor hours went into the project, along with a $17.5 million investment from the Federal Government and a 4.4 million investment from the Tasmanian Government.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the Huon Highway is a key link to the Huon Valley, connecting major industry sectors such as forestry, aquaculture and agriculture with Hobart and beyond.
“This upgrade means faster and safer links to major commercial, educational and residential facilities in Kingston—one of Greater Hobart’s highest growth residential areas,” Mr Fletcher said.
Tasmanian Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jeremy Rockliff said the intersection had a history of crashes and these upgrades would further reduce the risk of head-on crashes through the installation of a flexible safety barrier between lanes.
“There are also improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians as well as safer bus stop locations on the Huon Highway,” Mr Rockliff said.
“This project will not only improve safety and efficiency but will also cater for the forecasted traffic demand for the next 40 years.”