Federal Approval for Upgrade of Three George Town Roads

Media Release

DC135/2017

26 May 2017

Joint release with:

David Bushby

Senator for Tasmania

  • Soldiers Settlement, The Glen and Industry Roads to receive sealing and safety upgrades
  • Safety works will enable 100 km/h zones cutting travel times
  • Upgrades are delivering on the $6 million Australian Government election commitment

Three rural unsealed roads in the George Town municipality of Tasmania are set for a major sealing and safety upgrade, with the projects formally receiving federal funding to proceed.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrades would deliver improvements to Soldiers Settlement Road, The Glen Road and Industry Road.

“This $6 million package is a key investment in improving the safety and efficiency of roads in Tasmania,” Mr Chester said.

“While the money will be used to improve three roads, it is just one of 14 projects being funded across the state, which will see a total of $45.3 million invested by the Australian Government.

“Each of the projects will help change lives and save lives by making roads safer for all drivers.”

Tasmanian Liberal Senator David Bushby said the works would pay dividends for residents, tourists and local industries.

“The upgrades will cut travel times by enabling the speed limit to be raised to 100 km/h, while better linking George Town municipality localities and improving road safety,” Senator Bushby said.

“About eight kilometres of Soldiers Settlement Road will be upgraded, including sealing, drainage improvements and minor realignments to increase sight distance for motorists.

“Similar upgrades will occur along 4.2 kilometres of The Glen Road to provide a high-quality link between Dalrymple Road and Pipers River Road.

“Finally, sealing and drainage improvements to Industry Road will upgrade this link between Dalrymple Road and Bridport Road.”

Works on Soldiers Settlement and The Glen Roads are expected to start in late 2017 and be completed in mid-2018, weather permitting. The Industry Road upgrade is due to get underway in late 2018.