The much long awaited Kingston bypass has partially opened today with the city bound lanes taking traffic. The south bound lane is still not open.

It is hoped that this will ease traffic congestion around Kingston – we stayed with Jo’s Mum at Kingston for 7 weeks and the traffic is quite bad around peak times.

Please let us know your experiences with Kingston traffic. Have you travelled on the Kingston bypass yet? What do you think of the new road?

This story from The Mercury.

Kingston bypass opens

THE multi-million Kingston bypass, which suffered an $11 million budget over-run, is open for business.

The city-bound lane is currently open, but workers are still putting the finishing touches to the south-bound lane.

A spokesman for the Department of Infrastructure Energy and Resources said the city-bound lane of the bypass was open this week so that work could be completed on the on and off-ramps of the bypass and still maintain traffic flow through Kingston.

“It’s a temporary diversion rather than an actual opening,” he said.

The north-bound lane of the bypass will be open from Monday to Friday this week.

A community day will be held on Sunday when the Bypass will be closed again and residents can inspect the new road before it’s official opening on Tuesday week.

The much-vaunted bypass was originally budgeted at $30 million, with State and Federal Governments both committing to paying half during the 2007 federal election.

The bypass of the existing Channel Highway, between Summerleas Rd and Algona Rd, was plagued by delays after Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania ordered a probe of suspected Aboriginal sites along the route, which found a quarry site and “scattered” artefacts.

The road, built to ease traffic congestion and reduce commute times, is yet to be officially opened, but commuters were this morning enjoying the State’s latest piece of motoring infrastructure.



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