The RACT is calling on the State Government to expand on its long-term solution to traffic issues around the Hobart Airport and Midway Point and Sorell causeways.
been asking for funds to be allocated to this area for quite some time,’ RACT
Executive General Manager, Membership and Community, Stacey Pennicott said.
there has been plenty of talk about a permanent solution to traffic issues for
the Hobart Airport roundabout and surrounding areas, we still believe the plans
that are on the table are insufficient to meet the needs of motorists in the
Budget submissions to both State and Federal Governments we have continually
called for more funding than what is currently allocated to address the entire
eastern approach to the city.
that $300 million needs to be allocated to increase capacity
and improve traffic flow in this area, including the Sorell/Midway Point
causeways, and airport roundabout.’
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April, Infrastructure Minister Jeremy Rockliff announced a plan to consider a
range of interim measures to improve traffic flow at the Holyman Avenue
roundabout until the Hobart Airport interchange project is delivered and the Liberals’
South East Traffic Policy is implemented. More information on the
interim solution can be found here.
‘The State Government’s proposed short-term fix for the area will only address one problem, and has the potential to create even more traffic issues in the area,’ Ms Pennicott said.
The longer-term $30 million
Hobart Airport interchange project, to be co-funded with the Federal
Government, will extend the dual carriageway further east past the
airport, replacing the existing roundabout, and providing a four-lane overpass
with Holyman Avenue and Kennedy Drive passing over the Tasman Highway.
even the proposed $30 million long-term solution isn’t enough – it will simply
push congestion issues further east into Sorell and the surrounding areas,' Ms Pennicott said.