Government continues to deliver a safer Midland Highway

Media Release


07 October 2016

Joint release with:

Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Safety improvements for Tasmania's Midland Highway between Mangalore and Bagdad are on track to start mid-next year, following the approval of Federal funding for a second stage of highway upgrades.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester this week announced the approval, which will see seven kilometres of the Midland Highway improved between the Pontville Roundabout at Brighton Road, Bagdad and Eddington Road, Mangalore.

"Our focus on improving driver safety has three key elements—safer roads, safer vehicles and safer driver behaviour. This upgrade will play a big part in significantly reducing the risk of head-on crashes and vehicles running off the road by introducing safety features such as widened shoulders and safety barriers," Mr Chester said.

"The Australian Government's commitment is ongoing, through our $400 million investment and the Tasmanian Government's $100 million investment in improving safety on the Midland Highway over the next 10 years."

Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said works would involve widening sealed shoulders, installing a central median incorporating a flexible safety barrier, and addressing roadside hazards such as trees and other obstacles.

"The Australian Government stands together with the Tasmanian Government in our shared commitment to making the Midland Highway safer for all motorists," Senator Duniam said.

"Wider shoulders will help motorists turn into roads and properties safely out of the way of following traffic, while median safety barriers will reduce the risk of head-on crashes."

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the Mangalore to Bagdad Stage 2 upgrades were part of a long-term plan to improve safety on the Midland Highway.

"This latest section complements the Stage 1 upgrade which runs north of Eddington Road to Swan Street through the Bagdad township and is already under construction," Mr Hidding said.

"This section of the Midland Highway has a poor safety record and this project will separate opposing lanes of traffic, which road safety experts have identified as a priority."

The Stage 2 section is expected to commence in mid-2017 and be completed in early 2019, weather permitting.