Bass Highway—an early beneficiary of ROSI

Media Release

KP005/2018

17 May 2018

The economic importance of Tasmania's Bass Highway has been recognised by the Coalition Government after it was named as one of the first beneficiaries of the new $400 million Tasmanian Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Keith Pitt said the Liberal National Government will invest $3.5 billion over the next decade through ROSI, ensuring the nation's key freight roads efficiently connect agricultural regions to ports, airports and other transport hubs.

“This initiative will make sure our transport systems work for Australian businesses to help them reduce freight costs and improve efficiency, ultimately making them more competitive, while there will be major benefits for communities right around the country as well,” Mr Pitt said.

“This will be achieved through works such as bridge and culvert upgrades, strengthening and widening, flood immunity improvements, pavement rehabilitation and road realignments.

“Ultimately, this will open up key strategic road corridors to provide a more reliable road network, improve access for higher capacity vehicles, better connect regional communities and support tourism opportunities.”

Mr Pitt said Tasmania's Bass Highway will be an early beneficiary of the Coalition Government initiative.

“We are committing to use part of the $400 million Tasmanian Roads Package under the ROSI to improve the route's efficiency and safety.

“The Bass Highway is Tasmania's busiest freight route and is therefore critical to Tasmania's growth and prosperity, making it a prime candidate for investment under ROSI,” he said.

“The highway connects Tasmania's two busiest ports at Burnie and Devonport, as well as major industrial and agricultural areas, while visitors to the state's beautiful northern coastline are also contributing to demand along the route.

“The Government will focus on upgrading key intersections, widening works and the provision of overtaking lanes.

“While we are already contributing to a number of small, targeted improvements on the Bass Highway, this commitment will help ready Tasmania's north for growth and development for years to come.”

Mr Pitt was speaking while visiting one such existing investment near Wynyard.

“The Federal Government is already partnering with the Tasmanian Government to fund intersection upgrades at Wynyard and Latrobe in order to address sites with poor crash records,” he said.

“The Wynyard works include installing a new roundabout at the Calder Road-York Street junction, improved signage and line markings at Deep Creek Road, channelised right turn lanes at Oldina Road, improvements to the intersection at Reservoir Drive, changes to the Inglis Street intersection and the closure of the Wilkinson Street junction.

“The Latrobe Safety Improvements include installing pedestrian crossing facilities and upgraded signage at the Moriarty Road roundabout, improvements to sight lines at Gilbert Street, and right-turn lanes being installed at York Street intersection creating a safer access to the Wattle Hill service station.

“We are also already committed to safety and efficiency upgrades at the Westbury Road intersection and the Illawarra Main Road Safety Upgrades near Launceston.”