Midland Highway South of Tunbridge Stage 2 works now underway

Media Release

PF040/2015

19 November 2015

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Minister for Infrastructure

Works started this week on the South of Tunbridge Stage 2 project, part of the Australian and Tasmanian government's $500 million Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan—the largest ever single investment in the Midland Highway.

Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said Tasmanian contractor Hazell Bros was undertaking the works, the next step towards bringing the entire length of the Midland Highway up to a minimum 3 star AusRAP rating.

“Stage 2 follows the successful completion of South of Tunbridge Stage 1 earlier this year, which provided curve improvements and lane separation,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The South of Tunbridge Stage 2 project will improve safety by providing an additional southbound overtaking lane and curve improvements, plus central and roadside flexible safety barriers in the Stage 1 and Stage 2 zones.

“This project will employ around 25 workers during the six month construction period, with works estimated to be completed around mid-2016.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the works South of Tunbridge will result in a much safer highway for all users.

“The Stage 2 project will include two light vehicle turning bays and a combined turning bay and bus stop at Lowes Street in Tunbridge,” Mr Hidding said.

“The section of the highway to be upgraded in South of Tunbridge Stage 2 is located between Tunbridge township and the works constructed during the summer of 2014–15.

“Construction on this section of highway will be managed as far as possible to reduce the impact on traffic flow and on nearby residents and properties.”

The Australian Government is providing $400 million and the Tasmanian Government $100 million to the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan.

Other Midland Highway projects scheduled to start this summer season include the Perth to Breadalbane Duplication, Kempton to Melton Mowbray Stage 1, White Lagoon (Tunbridge) to Mona Vale Road, and Mangalore to Bagdad Stage 1 (Bagdad).

For more information on the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan visit www.midlandhighway.tas.gov.au/