Federal funding approved for Perth Link Roads project

Media Release

DC273/2017

15 September 2017

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

  • Midland Highway to be upgraded between Symmons Plains and Launceston
  • The project will improve safety and travel times for over 11,000 daily road users
  • The announcement is another step towards achieving a minimum 3 star AusRAP safety rating for the majority of the Midland Highway

The Australian Government has formally approved up to $72.5 million to fund the $80.6 million Perth Link Roads project, which will improve travel times and safety around Perth in Tasmania's north.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Perth Link Roads project was integral to the 10 year $500 million Midland Highway Upgrade.

“The Perth Link Roads project will be delivered two years earlier than originally scheduled, creating significant travel time savings and much better connectivity between the south and north of Tasmania sooner,” Mr Chester said.

Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said the Perth Link Roads project would connect the current projects underway between Symmons Plains and south of Perth and from Perth to Breadalbane, delivering a minimum 3 star AusRAP safety rating over a continuous section of the highway between Symmons Plains and Launceston.

“The project will improve safety and efficiency by removing heavy vehicles from the centre of Perth as they travel to and from the northern and north-western ports, and also make the main street safer for pedestrians,” Senator Duniam said.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said work was progressing well on the overall Midland Highway upgrade, with projects at Kempton to Melton Mowbray recently completed in May 2017 and the first stage of Mangalore to Bagdad completed in March 2017.

“We are already realising the safety benefits of the upgrade with the central wire rope barrier installed on one of the first projects delivered, preventing a potentially fatal outcome from a recent crash,” Mr Hidding said.

“Even better, a project of this size and cost will result in millions being injected back into the economy with numerous flow-on benefits for local businesses, and I am very pleased it has been brought forward by two years.”

The $500 million Midland Highway upgrade is funded, with Australian Government contributing $400 million and the Tasmanian Government $100 million.

Construction on the Perth Link Roads project is expected to start in early 2018 and be completed in mid-2020, weather permitting.