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Bass Highway, North of Gannons Hill Road

Your Road Safety Levy at Work

Bass Highway, North of Gannos Hill Road
Road Safety Works

The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) intends to start road safety works on the Bass Highway, North of Gannons Hill Road.

Background

Under the Road Safety Strategy, DIER undertakes works to improve the safety of all road users at serious crash locations. Separating vehicles travelling in opposite directions has been highly successful in reducing head-on collisions and improving overtaking opportunities enhances the road environment for a mix of users.

During 2005-2009, three people died, one was seriously injured and two road users suffered minor injuries on this stretch of highway. The crashes involved out of control vehicles that crossed into the path of oncoming traffic.

The Project is funded by the State Government Road Safety Levy and includes junction improvements and road widening a 3.5km section of the Bass Highway near Gannons Hill Road, to provide two lanes in one direction and one lane in the other direction with a flexible safety barrier down the middle.

Timing

Works are scheduled to commence in early 2013 and are anticipated to be finished by the end 2013.

Cost

Funding of $5.7 million is being provided from the State Government Road Levy.

What we are doing

  • Widening the highway to install flexible safety barrier along the median strip
  • Incorporating a “2 +1” road configuration. This provides two lanes in one direction and one lane in the opposite direction. The configuration is alternative so vehicles travelling in each direction have overtaking opportunities
  • Improving the junctions and providing safe turning facilities (U-turns) at Gannons Hill Road and Dan Road
  • Improving access to the weighbridge and providing electronic warning signs to be operated by vehicle inspectors when the facilities are in operation

 

The benefits of using flexible wire rope safety barriers are;

  • Absorb the impact energy, reducing the risk of injury and damage in the event a light vehicle crashes into the barrier
  • Reduce the likelihood of the crash vehicle rolling over
  • Help to restrain an out of control vehicle, reducing its speed as it re-enters the traffic lanes


If you have any further enquiries, the Project Manager, Guna Ginneliya can be contacted on (03) 63 332124 or email dier@dier.tas.gov.au