$400,000 for a new heavy vehicle project in Tasmania

Media Release

WT058/2015

03 March 2015

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Truck drivers and other heavy vehicle operators in Tasmania will benefit from $400,000 in new road upgrades as part of the Australian Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced that the Australian Government would contribute up to 50 percent of the total project costs of a local government project.

“Our competitive merit-based selection process has identified a project near Burnie to make heavy vehicle use on Tasmanian roads safer and more efficient,” Mr Truss said.

“Nationally, the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will provide $200 million for projects through to 2019, as yet another example of the Australian Government's commitment to building safe, productive infrastructure to meet the needs of today and well into the future.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the Tasmanian Government was pleased to partner with the Australian Government to build better roads for a stronger State economy.

“This project will improve the safety environment for heavy vehicle drivers and increase road transport productivity,” Mr Hidding said.

“Central Coast Council will work with the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to deliver a 3.5 kilometre upgrade of the Nine Mile Rd between Bass Hwy and Zig Zag Rd, Howth.

“This project, 11 kilometres east of Burnie, will allow access to larger vehicles. Works include widening from 4.8 metres to a 6 metre wide seal, 1 metre wide gravel shoulders, widening corners, utility relocation and line marking.”

Half of the funding for the Nine Mile Road Project will be contributed by Central Coast Council.