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Road Closures, Road Works and Delays

Further Road Closures and Delays can be found on the Tasmania Police Website

Further information road projects: DIER Infrastructure Projects

Road Rehabilitation And Reseal Program Underway

Road upgrades worth around $15 million will happen between now and April. A total of 53 sites covering both state and national roads throughout the State will be improved. An additional $1.5 million a year will be invested towards maintaining our roads in 2013-14. This investment brings the State Government's annual commitment to road maintenance to $44 million.

The Midland Highway is a particular focus, with major pavement treatment works in 2013-14. That includes:

  • Kempton through to Mood Food straight
  • North of Melton Mowbray junction
  • Lovely Banks/Tedworth
  • Just south of Oatlands
  • North of Antill Ponds
  • Travelling north towards Perth Bridge

Other sites include resurfacing works on:

  • Tasman Highway through Sorell heading north towards Orford
  • Arthur Highway between Lewisham and Forcett
  • Huon Highway south of Franklin to Castle Forbes Bay
  • Mudwalls Road near Midland Highway
  • Bruny Island Main Road heading south out of Alonnah
  • West Tamar Highway between Launceston and Riverside
  • Lake Leake Main Road
  • Lyell Highway entering Strahan
  • A number of sites along the Bass Highway
  • Esk Main Road east of Avoca
  • Sections of Cradle Mountain Tourist Road
  • Mole Creek Main Road travelling west out of Mole Creek

The works may cause some delays for drivers, but must happen in the summer sealing season. DIER is reminding drivers to take care and obey all traffic signs, to help keep themselves, pedestrians and road works safe.

Western Explorer Update - 12th December

The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, (DIER) is progressing the reconstruction of a section of the Western Explorer Road which slipped away in recent heavy rainfalls.

The area around the landslip is impassable to traffic and for this reason the road is closed until reconstruction works are complete.  The closure is estimated to be at least five months enabling DIER to deliver a sustainable solution.

Concept design for the road is now complete and preliminary construction works have commenced.  The design strategy includes lowering the road to reduce the risk of future landslip and rebuilding the road up gradually in layers.

The Department is committed to reopening this important route for North West tourism as swiftly as possible. Public safety is paramount and all drivers must obey all regulatory road signage around the state, including road closures.

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Bass Highway Travellers Rest

Motorists please be advised inbound and outbound lanes of the Bass Highway at Travellers Rest will be closed for periods of up to 15 minutes between the hours of 9am and 4pm. This is due to overhead transmission line upgrade works including helicopter operations. John Holland seeks your cooperation in keeping these works safe for all and apologises for any potential delays.

For project information please contact the Environment and Land Liaison Coordinator on (03) 6335 6987.

The Western Explorer Road

The Western Explorer Road in the State's North West will remain closed and unsafe for vehicles for at least the next 5 months from September 2013.

The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) is aware that the closure of the Western Explorer Road is a significant closure for an important regional tourist route but the damage caused by the recent landslip after extensive rainfall in the region is so significant that its prolonged closure is unavoidable. We make no apology for ensuring people's safety.

DIER and our contractor Hazell Bros Pty Ltd inspected the site in late September and undertook urgent works to protect the site and reduce the risk of further slippage. This work was completed despite a further slip and it's likely that further slippage may occur due to the unstable conditions.

We are currently undertaking geotechnical and environmental investigations, and we hope to be in a better position to determine the best way forward - and a more certain timeframe - in the next few weeks.

We are working as quickly as possible to fix the road, but the repair will be difficult and must be done in a way that achieves a safe and reliable, long-term solution, that takes into account the topography and environmental sensitivity of the area.

The design and construction of the remediation has been given priority but given its magnitude it will by necessity take some time. In order to give travellers adequate forward notice for changes in their journey, detour points and signage have been established in the North, at Balfour and at the Southern end, at Corinna.

Motorists are asked to obey all signage and directions and to drive to the conditions, to ensure their own safety, and that of DIER contractors working to repair damaged infrastructure.