Bridge works: Changes to traffic at Granton and Bridgewater

CHANGES are coming to traffic conditions on Main Rd at Granton and Gunn St at Bridgewater as major construction continues on the new Bridgewater Bridge. From Wednesday (May 17) access to Gunn St from the McDonald’s roundabout will close to allow the opening of a new temporary connection to Gunn St, further north on the Midland Hwy.

The new Gunn St connection will be two way, and traffic movements at the intersection of Gunn St and Midland Highway will be left in and left out only. Traffic wanting to travel north from Gunn St will need to turn at the roundabout before heading north on the highway, and traffic travelling from Hobart into Gunn St will need to go to the East Derwent Hwy roundabout and then turn into Gunn St.

A spokesperson said the closure of access to Gunn St from the roundabout will allow for construction of the northern abutment of the new bridge to continue without impacting Midland Hwy traffic and ensuring that workers are safe.

On the southern side of the river at Granton, a new temporary connection will be open from May 24 for southbound Midland Hwy and Lyell Hwy traffic accessing Main Rd and Black Snake Lane. Opening a temporary off-ramp connection will allow for the closure of a short section of Main Rd between the highway and Black Snake Lane, allowing for the construction of the southern bridge abutment.

There will be safe pedestrian access and access to properties across the project site at all times and the pedestrian overpass near McDonalds will remain open to allow safe pedestrian movement across the Midland Highway.

The spokesperson said that although no significant delays through the area were expected, drivers should plan their journeys, allow extra time and obey all signage and instructions from traffic controllers. For more information about the changes and to view detailed travel plans, visit the project’s website.

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