"Drive on to help East Coast recover" - The Mercury

FEDERAL Lyons MP Brian Mitchell has urged Tasmanians to visit the East Coast to support communities affected by the Tasman Highway road closure.

“I also put out the call to everyone in Hobart to pencil in some visits to the East Coast as soon as possible – and don’t buy your petrol at home, buy it in Buckland or on the coast,” he said.

“Every single dollar you can put into East Coast tills over the next few weeks will be very much appreciated.”

The road will reopen from 7am on Thursday, but only one lane will operate as works to remediate the road surface get under way.

The repairs mean motorists will be required to slow to 40km/h. Mr Mitchell also backed calls for the state government to move quickly and fulfil its promise to seal Wielangta Rd.

He said businesses and residents couldn’t afford to be cut off from the rest of the state again.

“Don’t take your foot off the pedal, don’t become complacent,” Mr Mitchell said. “Start the work now to get this road sealed as soon as possible.”