Coalition delivers almost $12m for York Plains to St Peters Pass upgrade

Media Release

DC267/2017

13 September 2017

Joint release with:

Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

  • Australian Government approves $11.8 million for York Plains to St Peters Pass upgrade
  • Upgrade to deliver safer overtaking opportunities to reduce the risk of head-on collisions
  • Project part of 10 Year Action Plan to deliver 3 Star AusRAP rating for entire highway

The Midland Highway Safety Upgrade between York Plains and St Peters Pass has taken another major step forward, with the Australian Government approving funding of up to $11.8 million for the project.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian and Tasmanian governments were working together to making the Midland Highway safer for all road users.

“The upgrade between York Plains and St Peters Pass is part of the 10 Year Midland Highway Action Plan that will improve road safety and save lives on Tasmania's key north-south road link,” Mr Chester said.

“From May 2007 to January 2017 this stretch of highway saw 17 crashes, including one fatality near York Plains and six injury crashes, so the need to act is clear.”

Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said this stretch of the highway was a single-lane carriageway with a posted speed limit of 110 km/h and a 2-Star AusRAP rating.

“The works to be undertaken will bring the highway up to a 3-star AusRAP rating by widening the lanes and road shoulders, installing a central median flexible wire rope safety barrier and building extra overtaking lanes to reduce driver frustration and encourage safer driving,” Senator Duniam said.

“The proposed safety upgrades will benefit all road users, and help reduce, if not eliminate, fatalities and serious injuries caused by head-on collisions thanks to the new flexible central median barriers.”

The Australian Government has committed up to $11.8 million to the $14.7 million project in partnership with the Tasmanian Government.

The project is expected to start construction in late 2017 and be completed by mid 2018, weather permitting.

More information on the Midland Highway upgrades is available at midlandhighway.tas.gov.au.