Funding approved for Bass Highway upgrade planning

Media Release


15 December 2017

Joint release with:

Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

  • $500,000 approved for planning study for upgrades between Cooee and Wynyard
  • Study to identify options and costings to improve safety and reliability in peak periods
  • Careful planning crucial to identifying cost-effective solutions to safety and congestion issues

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has approved $500,000 to commence planning for the upgrade of around 9.5 kilometres of the Bass Highway between Cooee and Wynyard to address road safety and congestion.

“The planning will identify options and costings to tackle safety and congestion issues along the highway, particularly during peak periods,” Mr Chester said.

“This funding delivers on a 2016 Australian Government election commitment, and is another example of our commitment to making motorists' lives safer and easier right around the country thanks to our record $75 billion investment in infrastructure.”

Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said the local community would celebrate this news.

“The local community has raised concerns about safety and traffic flows on the Bass Highway between Cooee and Wynyard during peak periods, and this announcement is the first step in addressing these issues,” Senator Duniam said.

“The planning will look at how to best improve the Bass Highway through Cooee and Somerset, particularly at the existing bottleneck at the Cam River Bridge.

“It will also include a comprehensive road safety review, traffic flow study, bottleneck analysis and concept design options for future road corridor improvements.

“It is important to plan carefully in order to identify the most cost-effective ways to reduce crashes and improve travel times, and this is the first step in developing a preferred design with rigorous cost estimates.”

The concept design and final planning study report are expected to be finalised in early-mid 2018. The $500,000 Bass Highway—Cooee to Wynyard Planning Study is fully funded by the Australian Government.