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Airport roundabout upgrade finally underway

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An amended design for the long-awaited Hobart Airport roundabout upgrade has been given the final the tick of approval from local council.

Clarence City's Special Planning Authority met last night to 'green-light' the development appliction for the $50 million dollar Tasman Highway project, which was first slated at the 2016 federal election.

“This is a great outcome for all south eastern commuters as it will address some of the Tasman Highway traffic congestion issues and enable easier access to Tasmania’s main gateway, the Hobart International Airport,” Clarence Alderman Brendan Blomeley said.

“Whilst the process has, at times, been laboured, I’m delighted to see this land in a ‘sweet spot’ with the contract awarded to local Tasmanian firm Hazel Bros."

The revised plan has two roundabouts that will provide access to Kennedy Drive and Holyman Avenue that underpass a bridge on the Tasman Highway. 

“The Hazell Bros’ design involves the construction of a new grade separated interchange with a ‘peanut’ shaped roundabout controlling traffic flow along the Tasman Highway off-ramps, Kennedy Drive, Holyman Avenue and Cranston Parade," Alderman Bolmeley said. 

“This is a less expensive and better engineered solution that will deliver a superior traffic management system."

Earlier this year, the state government vowed to have it completed by mid-2022.

Some equipment is already on site and construction is expected to get underway immediately.

The RACT has also welcomed the announcement, saying it will improve traffic flow, safety and stimulate the economy.

“The RACT has been calling on the State Government to fast track five key infrastructure projects. This is the third of those projects to make significant progress in recent months along with upgrades to the West Tamar Highway and the Bass Highway near Boat Harbour," Executive General Manager, Membership and Community Stacey Pennicott said.

“The remaining two projects on our fast track list are the Derwent River Ferry and the Huntingfield Park and Ride.  We’d like to see the Government get moving on all of these projects as soon as possible given they will deliver much needed infrastructure, improve safety and deliver long-lasting benefits for the community.”

Design drawings of the proposed Hobart airport roundabout upgrade.