Tas State Growth has advised a change to scheduled traffic interruption on the west-bound lanes of the Bass Highway at Devonport.
For operational reasons the proposed oversize load movement will now take place along the Devonport stretch from around midnight Wednesday morning 26 April 2017 (ie. overnight Tues-Wed).
The entire operation is between Burnie and Launceston and will progress either side of the Devonport interruptions – drivers are advised to take care along the entire route.
During the period Transport Inspectors from the Department of State Growth will be escorting an oversize load from Burnie to Launceston with the operation expected to take around five hours with intermittent traffic interruptions.
Short disruptions to traffic flow will occur along a ten kilometre stretch between Cutts Road near Don and east of the Port Sorell Road interchange.
During this time Transport Inspectors will be stopping all traffic at three intervals in the west-bound lanes of the Bass Highway at Devonport to minimise disruption to road users.
It is anticipated that the maximum delay time at any of these points will be ten minutes. The load will be carried on a platform trailer with two prime movers.
To ensure safety during this operation motorists are asked to slow down upon observing a Transport Inspector or escort vehicle and obey all directions. It is an offence to disobey the direction of a Transport Inspector, who are easily identifiable by their uniforms, hi-vis safety gear and traffic control equipment, and escort vehicles are clearly marked and will have red and blue flashing lights operating. For any further information please contact the Transport Enquiry Service on 1300 135 513.
Other delays across the state will result from Targa Tasmania 2017, held around the State between Monday 24 and Saturday 29 April 2017. For information about road closures for Targa, please visit the Targa Tasmania website.
Reminder – travel time along Midland Highway
When travelling between Hobart and Launceston along the Midland Highway motorists will be travelling through several road work sites. Please allow an extra 30 to 45 minutes for your journey if travelling the full length of the Highway.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and comply with the posted speed limits in all roadwork sites. Speed limits may be reduced when there are changes to the road surface, new or no line marking, changes to centre separation, new or no barriers, or road workers and equipment on the road or at the side of the road. The need to reduce the speed may not be obvious, but reduced speed limits are for your safety and the safety of road workers.
Please note that works may be subject to change at short notice due to weather. Be sure to check the roadworks roundup to see where roadworks may affect your trip and allow some extra time for the journey.
As always, for the latest emergency road closure updates, visit www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts