$323 M for road projects in Tasmania

This year’s state budget will allocate $323 million to new road projects, upgrades and maintenance across Tasmania.

The budget allocation for 2019/20 will support 10,000 jobs and will represent considerable opportunities for economic and employment growth for Tasmania.

The state budget will also continue to invest in the transformation of the North-South corridor through the $500 million Midland Highway 10 year Action Plan.

Since the launch of the plan in 2015, it has delivered 12 upgrade projects along the highway.

Four others are underway including the $92.3 million Perth Links Roads project, which when complete will deliver a bypass around Perth and a four lane connection from the suburb of Perth and Launceston.

By August this year, around halfway through the 10 year Action Plan, the government expects 91 kilometres or 62 per cent of the works will be either completed or under construction.

In addition the government intends to continue the Roads of Strategic Importance program in partnership with the Federal Government.

The program will allocate $231 million towards upgrades of the Tasman Highway, Bass Highway and North-West freight roads.

In another partnership with Federal Government the budget will continue to tackle city traffic through the Urban Congestion Fund with $24.2 million to fund congestion busting projects including the Hobart Congestion Package, Tasman Highway Intelligent Transport Solution and activating the Northern Suburbs Transit Corridor.

The investment is intended to provide Tasmanians with better access to jobs and support of productive industries and local communities.

New projects for the coming financial year include:

  • Midland Highway Spring Hill and Melton Mowbray to Lovely Banks upgrades
  • Hobart Airport flyover Interchange upgrade
  • Arthur Highway overtaking lanes east of Sorell
  • Huon Highway/Sandfly intersection safety works
  • Sheas Creek Bridge replacement
  • Bruny Island Main Road sealing between Alonnah and Lunawanna
  • Richmond Road new Cambridge link road and the upgrade of three additional sections
  • West Tamar Highway Traffic Solution first projects
  • Strengthening of eight bridges through continuation of the Freight Access Bridge Upgrade Program
  • East Tamar Highway new roundabout at the Mowbray Connector
  • Great Eastern Drive passing lanes, junction upgrades and safety works
  • Esk Main Road shoulder sealing and works east of Fingal and west of St Marys, and
  • Bass Highway safer junctions at Boat Harbour school and Rocky Cape
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  • East Tamar Highway intersection upgrades at Goderich Street and Gleadow Street.

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