Infrastructure. Smithton High School has received approval to construct a new bus route and exchange zone.
A link road will connect Mill Road and Fenton Street behind the northern side of the Montagu Road campus.
Circular Head Council will install a slip lane and divert the footpath on Montagu Road to avoid congestion for vehicles turning into Mill Road. Widening will be undertaken on Fenton Street.
Once works are complete, buses will turn right into Mill Road where students will board at the far north-eastern corner of the school before buses loop behind the campus and exit out of Fenton Street. The link road will only be used by school buses.
Smithton High School principal Keith Billing says he hopes to see the plans in action by the start of term one next year. The current bus zone on Montagu Road will be converted to staff parking.
Currently 11 buses and two-thirds of students at the school utilise the bus zone, this diversion will lessen the safety risk to students and road users, says Mr Billing.
The project, estimated to cost $120,000, is being funded by the school and an application to the Tasmanian Community Road Safety Grants Program for $25,000 has been made.
Works are scheduled to commence this week for completion by the end of the school year.