$10 million to upgrade the Bass Highway

Media Release


06 March 2015

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Improvements to the Bass Highway in Tasmania will be delivered as part of the Australian Government's $229 million National Highway Upgrade Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government is providing the funding for works to specifically improve Australia's key national highway networks.

“This programme will fund much-needed upgrading works around Australia such as shoulder and centreline widening, ripple strips and wire rope barriers, overtaking lanes, turning lanes and pavement improvements,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is allocating $7.68 million through our National Highway Upgrade Programme to duplicate the Bass Highway between Birralee and Exton.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said funding under the National Highway Upgrade Programme will create a consistent dual carriageway for motorists on the Bass Highway.

“This Bass Highway project will be jointly funded, with the Tasmanian Government providing $1.92 million, in partnership with the Australian Government's $7.68 million,” Mr Hidding said.

“This programme is another example of the Australian and Tasmanian governments' commitment to building productive infrastructure for the local community.”

Construction on the Bass Highway Birralee to Exton duplication project is expected to commence in 2015–16.