THE $15 million Tasman/East Derwent Highway Ramps project, which was funded by the previous Federal Labor Government, is officially open.
The development includes a new on-ramp for traffic from the East Derwent Highway onto the Tasman Highway to access various areas including Mornington, Cambridge and Hobart Airport.
It also features a dedicated lane from the East Derwent Highway to access Rosny Hill Road and a shared concrete pedestrian and cycling path linking the Yolla Street pedestrian overpass to the Tasman Highway pedestrian overpass.
Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said Council was delighted to see both the federal and state government collaborate to bring the project to fruition.
“This section was a significant black spot area and Council’s number one road priority for upgrade,” he said.
“We trust the new ramp will make the transfer from the East Derwent Highway to the Tasman Highway, travelling east, a far safer route.”
Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins said she commenced lobbying for an upgrade to the ramps on the Eastern Shore side of the Tasman Bridge more than five years ago, and secured funding in 2012.
“The upgrades should achieve major improvements to safety and ease congestion for local residents,” she said.
“With changed traffic conditions it is especially important over the coming months for residents to pay attention to new directional signs and select the correct lane for their destination.”
Bridge clearance height for the new Sorell/airport ramp is 5.1 metres.
Vehicles higher than this will need to detour via Rosny/Bellerive as usual.
For more information about how to use the new ramps go to www.transport.tas.gov.au/tasman-east-d/latest_news or call 1800 753 878.
Caption: Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins said local residents could expect major improvements to safety and congestion following completion of the ramps upgrade.