The Federal Infrastructure Minister is not ruling out intervening in a controversial road bypass project near Hobart.

Tasmania’s cultural heritage authority is seeking a permit so the $176 million Brighton bypass can be completed on its current alignment.

The aboriginal community wants the route changed, to preserve 40,000 year old artefacts.

The Federal Infrastructure Minister, Anthony Albanese, toured the site today.

Mr Albanese says it is important the bypass is built.

But he says aboriginal artefacts at the Jordan River Levee site also need protecting.

“I’m going to continue to take advice. It’s very clear that this is a significant site.”

Mr Albanese toured the Jordan River site this morning with representatives of Tasmania’s aboriginal community after lobbying from Hobart-based federal Independent Andrew Wilkie.

Mr Wilkie is backing calls for the site to be protected and the road re-routed.

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