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Government backs down on Leith Overpass

Leith Overpass

The State Government has abandoned its controversial plan for a Bass Highway overpass at Leith, which if it went ahead, would see some residents losing their homes.

Infrastructure Minister Michael Ferguson says the Government has responded to community feedback and will instead pursue other upgrade options to provide safer access to the Bass Highway from XShort Street and Braddons Lookout Road.

Mr Ferguson says the new design features structural separation of traffic turning right at the intersections and widening part of the highway to improve visibility for vehicles turning right both on and off the highway.

While no cost or timeframe has been announced, details have been posted on the transport.tas.gov.au website.