Tenders called to deliver Midland Highway works

Media Release

DC280/2017

20 September 2017

Joint release with:

Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

  • Sixteen kilometres of the Midland Highway to be upgraded around St Peters Pass
  • Works to include wider lanes and shoulders, safety barriers and intersection upgrades
  • The two sections are part of the jointly funded, $500 million 10 Year Action Plan

Tenders are now open to deliver the next two major projects under the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan, with the upgrades set to improve road safety and save lives.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the two sections of safety improvements would involve building wider lanes and shoulders, and installing a central flexible safety barrier to prevent head-on collisions.

“These works are being funded through our Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan. We are investing $400 million in fixing the highway with a further $100 million coming from the Tasmanian Government, and every dollar will help change lives and save lives,” Mr Chester said.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the first project would extend over five kilometres from York Plains to St Peters Pass Rest Area.

“The second project, from St Peters Pass to south of Tunbridge, will improve an 11 kilometre stretch north of the St Peters Pass rest area and will join up to the previously completed works south of Tunbridge,” Mr Hidding said.

“These works are resulting in increased safety for motorists, while also creating jobs for Tasmanians with numerous flow-on benefits for local businesses.”

Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said new overtaking lanes would also be built in both directions north of the St Peters Pass rest area, together with turning facilities suitable for heavy vehicles on both sections.

“The projects around St Peters Pass are part of the next tranche of works due to get underway this summer, which also includes projects at Epping Forest, Mangalore to Bagdad (Stage 2) and the Perth Link Roads at the northern end of the highway,” Senator Duniam said.

“Ten projects in the 10 Year Action Plan have already been completed, and works are continuing through the winter at White Lagoon (Tunbridge) to Mona Vale, Symmons Plains to south of Perth, and the Perth to Breadalbane duplication.

Separate tenders for both projects are open until 6 October 2017. For further information about the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan, visit midlandhighway.tas.gov.au.