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Kingston Bypass - Construction Milestone Celebrated

Source: Tasmanian Government - www.media.tas.gov.au  

03 April 2011

A major milestone in the construction of the Kingston Bypass was celebrated today, with the completion of the Summerleas Road overpass.

Minister for Infrastructure, David O’Byrne, and Parliamentary Secretary for Tasmania, Julie Collins, inspected the site, as traffic began to use the overpass.

The bypass, worth in excess of $40-million, is jointly-funded by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments.

“The project is currently ahead of schedule and should be completed by late 2011,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“The 2.8-km bypass is a crucial piece of local infrastructure. It’ll ease congestion in and around Kingston, giving motorists a safer, more efficient trip.

“The final design is the product of an extensive community consultation process.

“Throughout the design process, my Department actively consulted with the Kingston Bypass Access Group and Kingston Bicycle User Group, with the final design developed in collaboration with the Kingborough Council.

“Responding to community feedback we have incorporated an emphasis on pedestrian networks and dedicated cycle lanes at the Algona Road roundabout,” he said.

Ms Collins said that the bypass is another fulfilled election commitment from the Gillard Government.

“We made the commitment to people living south of Hobart that we would get the bypass built, and that’s what we’ve done,” Ms Collins said.

“This development represents an end to the days of the Coalition Government’s chronic underfunding of infrastructure in southern Tasmania.

“Under the Coalition Government, 90 per cent of Federal road funding in Tasmania went to the north of the State. 

“I am pleased that this Labor Government is providing infrastructure funding on the basis of need, and this means that we have invested around $800 million for the upgrade of Tasmania’s road and rail over Labor’s two terms in Government," she said.

Ms Collins said the completed bypass would improve safety and reduce congestion in Kingston, helping to ensure that the local road infrastructure keeps pace with the growing population across the Kingborough municipality.

“I am sure the residents of Kingston, Blackmans Bay and the Channel areas are looking forward to the final completion of this project,” Ms Collins said.

“It is an excellent example of what can be achieved when the three tiers of government work constructively together,” she said.

The contract was undertaken by a Tasmanian-based company, VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd.