Section of the Midland Highway upgrade to open to traffic

Media Release

DC351/2017

09 November 2017

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

  • Perth to Breadalbane upgrade on track for early 2018 opening, with major overpass nearly complete on a key section of the Midland Highway
  • Works on one of Tasmania's key transport links will improve safety and efficiency for passenger and freight traffic
  • Works part of the jointly funded $500 million Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan

The Perth to Breadalbane section of the Midland Highway upgrade is powering ahead, with an overpass bridge nearing completion and the new carriageway expected to be open to traffic in coming weeks.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today inspected the $44.4 million works, which are part of the major Midland Highway upgrades, and said the carriageway would provide two additional traffic lanes, creating a four-lane highway between Perth and Breadalbane.

“The Perth to Breadalbane duplication is one of the largest projects in the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan, and once complete will improve safety and efficiency on Tasmania's key north-south connection,” Mr Chester said.

“Drivers will soon be able to get to their destinations faster, access to the industrial development adjacent to Launceston Airport will be easier, and getting to the airport will be easier.

“Tasmania's visitor economy is worth around $2.5 billion a year, and these works will support future growth by making it easier for tourists to travel around the state and enjoy everything it has to offer.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said traffic was already travelling on approximately two kilometres of newly constructed highway between Perth and Breadalbane.

“In a major project milestone, the new overpass bridge that will allow the highway to pass over the top of the new on- and off-ramps and underpass for airport traffic will be finished by early 2018,” Mr Hidding said.

“In the short term, motorists travelling through the site will notice changes as traffic is temporarily diverted under the newly-constructed overpass near the Breadalbane roundabout. This temporary measure will allow road construction to be completed, ahead of traffic moving onto the full length of the new roadlater this year.”

Construction on the project started in early 2016 and is expected to be complete by early 2018.

The Australian Government is investing $35.5 million and the Tasmanian Government $8.9 million to fund the Perth to Breadalbane Duplication.

The Australian Government is investing $400 million and the Tasmanian Government $100 million in the Midland Highway Ten Year Action plan. Further information is available from midlandhighway.tas.gov.au.

Caption: Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester inspecting progress on the Perth to Breadalbane section of the Midland Highway upgrade today, alongside Shaw Contracting CEO Joe Luttrell.