SEVEN Mile Beach residents have been granted direct access to the Tasman Highway following the official opening of the new Hobart Airport access road, Grueber Avenue.
The new road opening marks a major milestone for the $38 million Hobart Airport runway extension and precinct redevelopment project.
“The airport extension is a crucial investment in Tasmania’s ability to harness the massive economic benefits of increased tourism and international trade,” Federal Member for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.
Grueber Avenue joins the southern end of Holyman Avenue, which runs along the western side of the airport and links to Surf Road in Seven Mile Beach.
The 2.1-kilometre road will now allow continued access to the Tasman Highway when the section of Surf Road, which runs along the southern end of the runway, closes in April.
Pittwater Road will remain open for access to the eastern end of Seven Mile Beach, with pedestrian and cyclist access maintained via Surf Road.
Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz, who officially opened the new road on 10 March, said the changes to the existing road network were vital to ensure aircraft operated safety when the runway extension project was complete.
“The development of Grueber Avenue provides an easier, more direct exit from Hobart Airport for people dropping off and picking up visitors, as well as for users of the long-term carpark,” he said.
“Grueber Avenue will also offer access to the proposed Clarence city recreational grounds, which will reduce additional traffic going through the Seven Mile Beach community.”
The Hobart Airport runway extension is due to be completed in March 2018.
Caption: The Grueber family, with Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz, far right, welcoming the opening of Grueber Avenue, which is named after Tasmanian resident and Australia’s first flight attendant, Rita Grueber.