Works start on building a safer Midland Highway south of Perth

Media Release

DC208/2016

02 December 2016

Media Release Issued by:

Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

  • $500 million investment in six upgrades along the Midland Highway
  • Driver safety to be improved through new overtaking lanes and safety barriers
  • Intersections to also be upgraded and new heavy vehicle turning facilities provided

This month will see the rollout of more safety works on Tasmania’s Midland Highway, with new overtaking lanes, safety barriers and upgraded intersections to be built from Symmons Plains to south of Perth.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the imminent works were being funded under the $500 million Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan.

“The Australian and Tasmanian Governments are working together to change lives and save lives by improving the safety of the state’s road system through targeted infrastructure investments, such as the Midland Highway upgrades,” Mr Chester said.

Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said the new overtaking lanes and safety barriers would be built between Symmons Plains and the South Esk River bridge.

“Works will also include intersection upgrades and a number of turning facilities for heavy vehicles, including at Woolmers Lane and Leighlands Road,” Senator Duniam said.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said local environmental concerns related to the works had also been taken into account.

“The landscape adjacent to this section of highway is home to some significant plants. The Department of State Growth has worked closely with the local community to replace plantings that need to be removed, and to ensure significant trees and hedgerows at Pioneer Avenue will be retained,” Mr Hidding said.

Tasmanian contractor Andrew Walter Constructions will deliver the works, which are expected to be complete in mid-2018.

Jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian governments, the $500 million Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan is the largest single investment in the highway and will result in a much safer road for all users.

For more information about the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan visit www.midlandhighway.tas.gov.au.