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  • Bass Highway, Tasmania

    The Bass Highway is a highway in Tasmania, Australia. It is a part of the National Highway, designated as National Highway 1 and connects the major cities across the north of the state – Burnie, Devonport and Launceston. The road was named due to its proximity to the Bass Strait.

    The route of the highway originally passed through the localities which are now known as:

    From here, the highway ceases to be part of the National Highway, but continues as the Bass Highway (A2) through the following towns:

    Upgrades

    Since the mid-1970s the highway has undergone significant upgrades that have included bypasses and deviations, duplications and grade separations, particularly between Burnie and Launceston.
    On 30 March 1977, ‘stage A’ of the ‘Burnie Highway System’ was opened to traffic. This stage connected the Bass Highway east of the town with Alexander Street by an elevated roadway over the port access road and rail lines.[2] Shortly after, on 19 April 1977, the bypass of Devonport was completed with the opening of the final section between Middle Road, Devonport and Don, referred to in that year’s Main Roads Annual Report as the ‘Devonport to Don Freeway’. This section was an extension of the earlier Victoria Bridge project.[3]
    Three years later, the Ulverstone bypass was completed and opened to traffic in August 1980.[4]
    The duplication of the highway from Wivenhoe, east of Burnie, to Chasm Creek was completed during the 1983-84 financial year,[5] and was followed in May 1984 with the opening of 500 metres of ‘stage B’ of the Burnie Highway System. This section duplicated the highway along North Terrace.[6] In September 1986, all four lanes over the complete length of ‘stage B’ of the ‘Burnie Expressway’ (‘Burnie Highway System’) were brought into operation.[7]
    Throughout 1986 and 1987, sections of the highway were progressively duplicated and opened to traffic between Don (Devonport) and the Forth River, with the last section completed in June 1987. This was followed by completion of duplication between Forth River and Ulverstone in late 1987.[8]
    In 1988, at the eastern terminus of the Bass Highway, a new alignment was opened to connect directly to the then new Launceston Southern Outlet, which itself had opened to traffic in 1985. Known as the Prospect bypass, this alignment was opened to traffic on 23 January 1988.[9]
    West of Burnie, the Smithton bypass was opened to traffic in May, 1988.[10]
    The Deloraine Bypass was opened on 8 June 1990. The project was carried out over five years and cost a total of A$19 million. The bypass opening was performed by the Federal and State ministers for Land Transport and Roads and Transport respectively.[11]

    Other bypasses have included Carrick and Hadspen in the late 1980s and the longest stretch of highway, the Hagley-Westbury bypass, which was completed in 2001. The ‘old’ highway alignment between Deloraine and Hadspen is now known as Meander Valley Road,[12] and is promoted as a tourist route.

    The Bass Highway is, like Bass Strait, named for explorer George Bass.

    Major intersections

    LGALocationkm[13]miDestinationsNotes
    LauncestonProspect00.0 Midland Highway (National Highway 1) – north – Launceston /
    south-east – Hobart
    Eastern end of Bass Highway.
    Continues south-west as National Highway 1.
    Prospect / Prospect Vale
    midpoint
    2.0–
    2.8
    1.2–
    1.7
    Meander Valley Road (B54) – north-west – Prospect Vale /
    south-west – Travellers Rest /
    Westbury Road – north-east – Prospect Vale
    Eastbound exit via Westbury Road
    Meander ValleyTravellers Rest4.8–
    5.0
    3.0–
    3.1
    Meander Valley Road (B54) – west – Hadspen /
    north-east – Prospect /
    Pateena Road (C531) – south – Longford
    No eastbound exit from or westbound entry to Bass Highway
    South Esk River8.9–
    9.0
    5.5–
    5.6
    Bridge over river (name not known)
    Meander ValleyCarrick10.8–
    11.6
    6.7–
    7.2
    Illawarra Road (B52) – north-west – Carrick /
    south-east – Longford
    14.99.3 Bishopsbourne Road (C513) – north – Carrick /
    south – Bishopsbourne
    Liffey River15.89.8Bridge over river (name not known)
    Meander ValleyCarrick16.1–
    17.1
    10.0–
    10.6
    Oaks Road (C511) – north-east – Carrick /
    south-west – Bracknell
    18.311.4 Whitemore Road (C508) – north-east – Carrick /
    south-west – Whitemore
    Whitemore Creek21.8–
    21.9
    13.5–
    13.6
    Bridge over creek (name not known)
    Meander ValleyHagley23.1–
    23.5
    14.4–
    14.6
    Hagley Station Lane (C507) – north-east – Hagley
    south-west – Whitemore
    No eastbound exit from or westbound entry to Bass Highway
    Hagley / Westbury
    midpoint
    26.0–
    27.6
    16.2–
    17.1
    Meander Valley Road (B54) – west – Westbury /
    east – Hagley
    No westbound entry to Bass Highway
    Westbury30.2–
    30.9
    18.8–
    19.2
    Birralee Road (B72) – north-west – Birralee /
    William Street (B72) – south-east – Westbury
    Deloraine42.5–
    43.2
    26.4–
    26.8
    Lake Highway (A5) – south – Deloraine
    Meander River44.627.7Bridge over river (name not known)
    Meander ValleyDeloraine46.3–
    48.0
    28.8–
    29.8
    Mole Creek Road (B12) – south – Mole Creek /
    Weetah Road (C710) – north – Weetah
    Westbound entry via Emu Bay Road
    Elizabeth Town52.832.8 Bengeo Road (C163) – south – Red Hills
    55.334.4 Railton Road (B13) – west – Railton
    55.334.4 Parkham Road (C711) – north-east – Parkham
    LatrobeSassafras77.047.8 Chapel Road (C713) – north – Harford
    80.149.8 East Sassafras Road (C706) – east – Sassafras /
    Cutting Road – west – Sassafras
    From the eastern part of Sassafras, route C706 runs north on Greens Creek Road to Harford
    81.450.6 Native Plains Road (C153) – south – Railton
    Sassafras / Latrobe
    midpoint
    82.451.2 Oppenheims Road (C704) – north, then east – Harford
    Latrobe85.553.1 Gilbert Street to Mersey Main Road (B19) – west – Spreyton
    86.8–
    87.0
    53.9–
    54.1
    Moriarty Road (C702) – east – Moriarty /
    south-west – Latrobe
    DevonportLatrobe / East Devonport
    midpoint
    90.7–
    91.2
    56.4–
    56.7
    Port Sorell Road (B74) – north-east – Port Sorell /
    south-west – Latrobe
    East Devonport92.9–
    93.4
    57.7–
    58.0
    Tarleton Street – north – East Devonport /
    River Road – south – Ambleside
    Mersey River93.5–
    93.7
    58.1–
    58.2
    Bridge over river (name not known)
    DevonportDevonport / Miandetta
    midpoint
    93.9–
    94.5
    58.3–
    58.7
    Formby Road – north – Devonport /
    to Devonport Road – south – Miandetta
    95.1–
    95.7
    59.1–
    59.5
    Middle Road – north – Devonport /
    south-west – Miandetta
    Stony Rise96.8–
    98.0
    60.1–
    60.9
    Stony Rise Road (B19) – south-east – Spreyton /
    north-west, then south-west as Forth Road – Forth /
    Don Road – north-east – Devonport
    Don River98.461.1Bridge over river (name not known)
    Central CoastLeith105.865.7 Leith Road (C132) – south-west, then south – Forth /
    Braddons Lookout Road (C189) – north-east, then south – Forth
    Forth River106.1–
    106.2
    65.9–
    66.0
    Bridge over river (name not known)
    Central CoastTurners Beach107.3–
    108.4
    66.7–
    67.4
    Forth Road (B19) – south – Forth /
    Turners Beach Road – north – Turners Beach
    Westbound entry via Westella Drive
    Ulverstone110.5–
    111.4
    68.7–
    69.2
    Eastland Drive (C142) – north, then west – Ulverstone
    111.9–
    112.1
    69.5–
    69.7
    Main Street (B15) – north-west – Ulverstone /
    Castra Road (B15) – south – Upper Castra
    No eastbound entry to or exit from Bass Highway
    113.8–
    114.6
    70.7–
    71.2
    Lovett Street (B17) – north – Ulverstone /
    Gawler Road (B17) – south – Gawler
    Westbound entry via Adaihi Street
    River Leven115.1–
    115.3
    71.5–
    71.6
    Bridge over river (name not known)
    Central CoastWest Ulverstone116.5–
    117.2
    72.4–
    72.8
    South Road (C142) – east – Ulverstone
    Penguin125.2–
    125.8
    77.8–
    78.2
    Pine Road (B17) – south-west – Riana /
    Mission Hill Road – north-east – Penguin
    Howth / Sulphur Creek
    midpoint
    130.781.2 Nine Mile Road (C118) – north-west, then south – West Pine
    Heybridge132.982.6 River Avenue (C117) – south, then south-west to Cuprona Road – Cuprona
    Blythe River133.4–
    133.5
    82.9–
    83.0
    Bridge over river (name not known)
    Central CoastHeybridge133.983.2 Minna Road (C113) – south-west – Stowport
    BurnieWivenhoe138.185.8 Stowport Road (C102) – south-west – Stowport
    Emu River139.186.4Bridge over river (name not known)
    BurnieSouth Burnie139.2–
    139.3
    86.5–
    86.6
    Old Surrey Road (C112) – south – Emu Heights
    Burnie141.2–
    141.4
    87.7–
    87.9
    Mount Street (B18) – south – Upper BurnieBass Highway changes from National Highway 1 to A2
    Parklands / Burnie
    midpoint
    142.588.5 West Park Grove (C108) – south-west – Park Grove
    Camdale147.391.5 East Cam Road (C109) – south – East Cam
    Cam River147.6–
    147.7
    91.7–
    91.8
    Bridge over river (name not known)
    Waratah-WynyardSomerset147.891.8 Murchison Highway (A10) – south – Queenstown
    149.092.6 Raglan Street to Seabrook Road (C241) – south, then west – Mount Hicks
    Doctors Rocks153.895.6 Old Bass Highway (C240) – north-west – Wynyard
    Wynyard156.797.4 Mount Hicks Road (B26) – south – Mount Hicks /
    Mount Hicks Road (no shield) – north – Wynyard
    160.899.9 Deep Creek Road (C239) – west, then south – Yolla
    161.8100.5 Oldina Road (C237) – south-west – Oldina
    162.4100.9 Calder Road (C235) – south-west – Oldina
    162.8101.2 Inglis Street (C240) – south-east – Wynyard
    Inglis River163.5101.6Bridge over river (name not known)
    Waratah-WynyardFlowerdale164.9102.5 Preolenna Road (C229) – west – Preolenna
    Flowerdale / Table Cape /
    Boat Harbour tripoint
    167.4104.0 Tollymore Road (C234) – north-east – Table Cape
    Boat Harbour168.3104.6 Gates Road (C231) – south (to route C229) – Flowerdale
    171.6106.6 Port Road (C232) – north – Boat Harbour Beach
    Sisters Creek176.3109.5 Myalla Road (C229) – south – MyallaFrom Preolenna C229 turns west and then north, returning to the Bass Highway via Myalla
    Circular HeadRocky Cape191.0118.7 Rocky Cape Road (C227) – north-east – Rocky Cape
    Detention River192.3119.5Bridge over river (name not known)
    Circular HeadBlack River204.4127.0 Mawbanna Road (C225) – south-east – Mawbanna
    Black River205.8127.9Bridge over river (name not known)
    Circular HeadWiltshire208.6129.6 Back Line Road (C221) – south, then west – Forest
    Wiltshire / Forest / Stanley
    tripoint
    212.3131.9 Mengha Road (C219) – south – Mengha /
    Stanley Highway (B21) – north- Stanley
    Smithton / Forest
    midpoint
    221.2137.4 Back Line Road (C221) – east – ForestFrom Forest C221 runs west, returning to the Bass Highway at the Smithton boundary
    Smithton223.7139.0 Irishtown Road (B22) – south – Irishtown
    224.4139.4Brittons Road – north-west – Smithton
    225.9140.4 Trowutta Road (C217) – south – Edith Creek
    Nelson Street (C215) – north – Smithton
    From Smithton C215 runs west as Montagu Road, eventually intersecting with C213 at Marrawah
    Duck River227.6141.4Bridge over river (name not known)
    Circular HeadRedpa265.6165.0 Comeback Road (C213) – north, then west- Marrawah
    Marrawah272.6169.4 Arthur River Road (C214) – south-west, then south – Arthur River /
    Comeback Road (C213) – north-east, then east – Redpa
    Western end of Bass Highway.
    From Redpa C213 runs west, returning to the Bass Highway in Marrawah.
    1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

    See also

    References

    1. ^ Former State Route Numbering System in Tasmania, Ozroads: the Australian Roads Website. Retrieved on 30 January 2008.[self-published source]
    2. ^ Report for year 1976-1977, Parliament of Tasmania, Department of Main Roads, 1978, p. 14
    3. ^ Report for year 1976-1977, Parliament of Tasmania, Department of Main Roads, 1978, p. 13
    4. ^ Report for year 1980-1981, Parliament of Tasmania, Department of Main Roads, 1982, p. 20
    5. ^ Report for year 1983-1984, Parliament of Tasmania, Department of Main Roads, 1985, p. 21
    6. ^ Report for year 1983-1984, Parliament of Tasmania, Department of Main Roads, 1985, p. 23
    7. ^ Annual Report 1986-1987, Tasmania, Department of Main Roads, 1987, p. 24
    8. ^ Annual Report 1986-1987, Tasmania, Department of Main Roads, 1987, p. 23
    9. ^ Annual Report 1987-1988, Tasmania, Department of Main Roads, 1988, p. 30
    10. ^ Annual Report 1987-1988, Tasmania, Department of Main Roads, 1988, p. 37
    11. ^ Annual Report 1989-90, Tasmanian Government, Department of Roads and Transport, 1990, p. 5
    12. ^ “Tasmanian Road Routes – B54” (PDF). Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment. May 2017. Retrieved 4 Nov 2018.
    13. ^ Google (4 Nov 2018). “Bass Highway” (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 4 Nov 2018.

    Coordinates: 41°02′47″S 145°53′41″E / 41.04639°S 145.89472°E / -41.04639; 145.89472


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