Brooker Highway

Brooker Highway
Australian National Route 1.svg
The Brooker Highway at ClaremontFormerly  [1]
The Brooker Highway at Claremont

Formerly Australian State Route 1.png [1]
Length 17 km (11 mi)
Direction South-North
From (A3) Tasman Highway /
Australian Alphanumeric State Route A6.svg Davey Street /
Australian Alphanumeric State Route A6.svg Macquarie Street Hobart, Tasmania
via Glebe, Lutana, Goodwood, Glenorchy, Montrose, Rosetta, Berriedale, Claremont, Austins Ferry
To Australian National Route 1.svg Midland Highway, Granton, Hobart
Established 1961
Allocation Highway 1
Major junctions (B36) Domain Highway
(B35) Goodwood Road
(A10) Lyell Highway

for full list see Exits

The Brooker Highway is a highway in the State of Tasmania, Australia. Also known as the Northern Outlet, the highway is the major arterial route through Hobart's northern suburbs and is Hobart's major road connection to the cities and towns of Northern Tasmania. It is a part of the National Highway Network and is one of Tasmania's busiest highways.

The Brooker Highway runs approximately 17 km north from the CBD, through the northern suburbs of Hobart, and through the City of Glenorchy, bypassing commercial and industrial centres along the original Main Road. It is a four lane (dual-carriageway) highway, and apart from the Domain Highway junction, only the northern sections of the highway have grade separated junctions. The major at-grade junctions are controlled by traffic light and roundabout intersections.

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History

The Domain Highway junction at Cornelian Bay

The original Brooker Avenue was constructed in 1961 as a 2 lane road from the end of Liverpool Street to Elwick Road. In 1965, the Hobart Area Transportation Study was released and entailed large development plans for the Brooker Highway. By 1968 the road had been duplicated and works reached Berriedale. In 1977 the highway was further extended, taking the road to the Claremont Link Road. By 1983 the highway that stands today was complete through to Granton and the Bridgewater bridge.[2] The Brooker Highway was built as a replacement to the original Midland Highway route between Hobart city and Granton, which passed along Elizabeth Street, New Town Road and Main Road, through the built up areas of New Town, Moonah, Glenorchy, Rosetta, Montrose, Claremont and Berriedale.[2] This was the first major highway construction in the Hobart City region, and was named the Brooker Highway, after the Minister for Transport at the time of the conception of the project, Edward Brooker (between Davey Street and Cleary's Gates at the top of the ridge, the highway is also known as "Brooker Avenue").

Route description

The highway starts in the Hobart CBD at the junction with (A3) Eastern Outlet (Tasman Highway), (A6) Davey Street and (A6) Macquarie Street. The Tasman Highway heads east over the Tasman Bridge, past the Airport and eventually leads to the east coast of the state, while Davey Street leads towards the (A6) Southern Outlet, which in turn heads south towards Kingston and Huonville (Davey and Macquarie are one-way streets - Davey Street flows south-west, and Macquarie Street flows north-east through the CBD).

Apart from the connection to Davey and Macquarie Streets, the major intersection with streets in the CBD is the three-lane roundabout at the north-east end of Liverpool Street. Because it was built in close proximity to the main railway station at the time, the roundabout was, and continues to be, called the "Railway Roundabout". The sunken garden in the centre of the roundabout functions as a pedestrian thoroughfare, with under-road tunnels connecting to the two sides of Liverpool Street, the original site of the railway station to the north-east, and to the Domain and the suburb of The Glebe to the north-west. The roundabout was originally just an un-controlled intersection, but with the gradual increase in traffic, particularly from the eastern shore of the Derwent, it was often in grid-lock at peak travel times. Traffic lights were introduced and alleviated the situation, and later construction of the direct links from the Tasman Bridge to Davey and Macquarie Streets further relieved the pressure. Other streets from the CBD provide access to the highway, but for much of its length to the city boundary at Risdon Road it is limited access road.

The highway at Hobart

Through the City of Glenorchy the highway has large multi-lane intersections, at Risdon Road, Elwick Road and Derwent Park Road. The highway is in a reasonable condition for its age, and experiences congestion for only a few hours a day.

Trees line the middle nature strip for several kilometres, and fencing prevents pedestrian access at various points. The Highway makes its way past The Domain, Cornelian Bay Hockey Grounds, Rugby Park, The Royal Hobart Showgrounds, Tattersalls Park and the Derwent Entertainment Centre. At the northern end (at Granton) it connects to the (1) Midland Highway (which heads north towards Launceston) and the (A10) Lyell Highway (which takes motorists towards the west coast).

Recent history

In April 2007, the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources announced plans to replace the sub-standard rusted light poles between Risdon Road and Clearys Gates Road.[3] These are over 40 years old and were the first lights on the Highway, which sparked some concern from the Hobart City Council. They argue that the light poles are in good condition and are a significant feature of the Brooker Highway entrance to Hobart. While the Hobart City Council supports the replacement, they have written to Infrastructure Minister Jim Cox asking him to consider retaining the ornate arms on modern pole bases.[3]

The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources proposes to re-align the Elwick Road and Goodwood Road exits, reducing confusion and the number of traffic lights. The nearby Goodwood roundabout will also be replaced with traffic lights.[4] The Tasmanian Government has also revealed they are currently planning to upgrade the interchange at the Domain Highway to improve access and travel flows for passenger and freight. This includes a capacity expansion to 6 lanes from the Domain Highway to Risdon Road.[5]

Recently the government came under pressure from the community to improve pedestrian access over the highway at Goodwood and eliminate the stairs primarily for the benefit of the elderly and handicapped.

2010 Emergency Landing Incident

On 4 April 2010 18 year old pilot Patrick Humphries made world headlines [6] by using the normally busy highway as an emergency landing strip after experiencing aircraft problems.[7] Humpries was unhurt from the accident and no vehicles where involved in the incident.[8]

Exits

Brooker Highway (1)
Southbound interchanges Distance from
Tasman Highway
(km)
Distance from
Lyell Highway
(km)
Northbound interchanges
End Brooker Highway (1)
continues as Davey Street (A6)
to Hobart
0 18.5 Start Brooker Highway (1)
from Macquarie Street (A6)
Bellerive, Sorell
Tasman Highway (A3) Controlled Intersection
Bellerive, Sorell
Tasman Highway (A3) Controlled Intersection
No Access 0.2-0.3 18.3-18.2 Hobart
Collins Street, Sackville Street At Grade Intersection
Hobart
Liverpool Street (west) (exit only) Controlled Roundabout
0.4 18.1 Hobart
Liverpool Street (west) (exit only) Controlled Roundabout
Bellerive
Liverpool Street (east) Controlled Roundabout
Hobart
Bathurst Street (entry only) Controlled Roundabout
Hobart
Bathurst Street (entry only) Controlled Roundabout
Bellerive
Liverpool Street (east) Controlled Roundabout
Glebe
Edward Street At Grade Intersection
0.6 17.9 No Access
Hobart
Brisbane Street (exit only) At Grade Intersection
0.7 17.8 Hobart
Brisbane Street At Grade Intersection
Glebe
Scott Street, Lillie Street,
Davenport Street
At Grade Intersection
0.8-1.0 17.7-17.5 No Access
North Hobart
Warwick Street Controlled Intersection
1.1 17.4 North Hobart
Warwick Street Controlled Intersection
Glebe
Shoobridge Street At Grade Intersection
1.3 17.2 North Hobart
Burnett Street Controlled Intersection
North Hobart
Burnett Street Controlled Intersection
No Access 1.7 16.8 North Hobart
Federal Street At Grade Intersection
Queens Domain
Clearys Gates Road At Grade Intersection
2.4 16.1 No Access
New Town
Park Street (exit only) At Grade Intersection
2.6 15.9 New Town
Park Street At Grade Intersection
Bellerive, Hobart
Domain Highway (B36)
3.2 15.3 Bellerive, Hobart
Domain Highway (B36)
New Town
Risdon Road Controlled Intersection
4.1 14.4 New Town
Risdon Road Controlled Intersection
Moonah
Bowen Road Controlled Intersection
4.9 13.6 Moonah
Bowen Road Controlled Intersection
Lutana
Ashbolt Crescent Controlled Intersection
Lutana
Ashbolt Crescent Controlled Intersection
Lutana
Bowen Road At Grade Intersection
5 13.5 No Access
Derwent Park, Lutana
Derwent Park Road Controlled Intersection
5.6 12.9 Derwent Park, Lutana
Derwent Park Road Controlled Intersection
Goodwood
Lampton Avenue (east) At Grade Intersection
6.3 12.2 Derwent Park
Lampton Avenue (west) Controlled Intersection
Derwent Park
Lampton Avenue (west) Controlled Intersection
Derwent Park
Howard Road Roundabout
7.1 11.4 Derwent Park
Howard Road Roundabout
Goodwood
Renfrew Court Roundabout
Goodwood
Renfrew Court Roundabout
Dowsing Point, Bowen Bridge
Goodwood Road (B35) Controlled Intersection
7.5 11 Dowsing Point, Bowen Bridge
Goodwood Road (B35) Controlled Intersection
Glenorchy
Elwick Road Controlled Intersection
7.6 10.9 Glenorchy
Elwick Road Controlled Intersection
Derwent Entertainment Centre
Loyd Road Controlled Intersection
8 10.5 Derwent Entertainment Centre
Loyd Road Controlled Intersection
Montrose
Duncan Street High Speed Intersection
9.1 9.4 Montrose
Duncan Street High Speed Intersection
Foreshore Road (No Through Road) High Speed Intersection Foreshore Road (No Through Road) High Speed Intersection
Dodson Street (No Through Road) At Grade Intersection 9.6 8.9 Dodson Street (No Through Road) At Grade Intersection
Berriedale, Rosetta
Main Road
10 8.5 Berriedale, Rosetta
Main Road
Berriedale, Collinsvale
Berriedale Road (C615) (On ramp only)
10.6 7.9 Berriedale, Collinsvale
Berriedale Road (C615)
Chigwell, Claremont
Claremont Link Road
12.4 6.1 Chigwell, Claremont
Claremont Link Road
Claremont
Abbotsfield Road
13.7 4.8 Claremont
Abbotsfield Road
Claremont
Hilton Road
15 3.5 Claremont
Upper Hilton Road
Start Dual Carriageway 17.2 1.3 End Dual Carriageway
Granton
Black Snake Road (On ramp only)
17.9 0.6 Granton
Black Snake Road
Granton
Main Road (Off ramp only)
18.3 0.2 No Access
New Norfolk, Queenstown
Lyell Highway (A10) Roundabout
18.5 0 New Norfolk, Queenstown
Lyell Highway (A10) Roundabout
Start Brooker Highway (1)
continues from Midland Highway (1)
End Brooker Highway (1)
continues as Midland Highway (1)
to Bridgewater, Launceston

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References

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