Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Contract awarded for $32 million Brooker Highway upgrade

Media Release

PF054/2015

09 December 2015

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

The Australian and Tasmanian governments today announced Tasmanian company Hazell Bros as the successful contractor to carry out intersection upgrades on the Brooker Highway at Elwick.

The project will improve safety, capacity and efficiency on this busy section of highway by reducing congestion and improving traffic flow at the intersections with Elwick, Goodwood and Howard Roads.

Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher, who was in Tasmania today to announce the successful contractor, said the Australian Government would provide $25.6 million towards the $32 million project.

“This project is a significant investment in Tasmania's transport infrastructure,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Works will involve realigning the Elwick Road and Goodwood Road junctions to form one traffic light-controlled intersection and replacing the Howard Road roundabout with traffic lights.

“Signals will be coordinated at both intersections for maximum traffic flow efficiency.

“These upgrades will improve traffic flows north of Hobart, boosting the efficiency of the Brooker Highway as a key commuter and freight corridor.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the project would also provide improved connections and road safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

“Works will include pedestrian crossings with countdown timers at the intersections and a shared pathway for pedestrians and cyclists along the highway,” Mr Hidding said.

“The business community and road users will welcome the upgrades as these existing junctions are some of the biggest productivity traps on our network, especially at peak times.

“Motorists will benefit from three traffic through-lanes in each direction to ease congestion, and improved access to Timsbury Road from Howard Road.”

Works on the Brooker Highway are expected to start in January 2016 and are scheduled for completion towards the middle of 2017.

More information is online at www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/brooker-highway