To allow for the next stage of the Hobart Airport runway extension to take place, the new access road connecting the suburb of Seven Mile Beach to the Tasman Highway, Grueber Avenue has been officially opened by Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz.
Grueber Avenue joins the southern end of Holyman Avenue which runs along the western side of the Airport, and links through to Surf Road in Seven Mile Beach.
Tasmanian Marguerite Grueber was one of the first two Australian ‘air hostesses’, hired in 1936 by Holymans Airways, which then became Australian National Airways.
Grueber Ave is an important part of the Hobart Airport runway extension made possible through of $38 million in funding assistance from the Australian Government.
The 2.1km Grueber Avenue will allow continued access to the Tasman Highway when the section of Surf Rd that runs along the southern end of the runway which closes in April.
The closure is needed in order to provide safe operation of aircraft when the runway extension project is complete. Pedestrian, cyclist and non-vehicle access will be able to continue to uses Surf Rd.
No other part of Surf Road will be affected, while Pittwater Road will remain open for access to the eastern end of Seven Mile Beach.
Grueber Avenue will also provide access to the proposed Clarence City recreational grounds when developed, reducing additional traffic going through the Seven Mile Beach community.
The development of Grueber Avenue provides an easier, more direct exit from Hobart Airport for people dropping off and picking up visitors, and also for users of the long-term car park.
Work on the Hobart Airport runway extension remains on-track, with completion due in March 2018.