Tenders open for Perth to Breadalbane duplication

Media Release

WT332/2015

16 October 2015

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Tenders will be called tomorrow for the duplication of the Midland Highway from Perth to Breadalbane, one of the biggest safety upgrades in the $500 million Midland Highway 10-Year Action Plan.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $60 million project, which has been developed with extensive local consultation, is one of the most significant road projects in Northern Tasmania in nearly a decade.

“Crashes are estimated to cost the Australian economy an estimated $27 billion per year. This upgrade is therefore an investment not just for Tasmania but for the national economy as well,” Mr Truss said.

Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson said the upgrade will create a safer road and more jobs.

“This project will deliver a divided four-lane highway from Youl Road north of Perth to the existing four lane southern Outlet into Launceston, just north of the Breadalbane roundabout,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“It will create 60 full time jobs, improve freight efficiency, and most importantly, increase safety on this notoriously dangerous highway.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the project will bring safety and time-saving benefits for Tasmania's key north-south passenger and freight route.

“Our overall aim is to bring the full length of the highway up to a minimum AusRAP 3-star safety rating by the end of the 10-year action plan,” Mr Hidding said.

“The design features safer access to the highway for local residents and businesses, such as a new underpass arrangement for both Devon Hills Road and the business precinct on the western side of the highway. There will also be an underpass for airport and Hobart Road traffic, and the design includes substantial consideration of cyclists, as this area is a popular cyclist link to the Northern Midlands.

“While a good deal of the works will take place adjacent to the current road formation, we recognise that there will be some disruption and delays for motorists travelling along the highway as the safety improvements are progressively rolled out, and we thank motorists for their patience.”

The Australian and Tasmanian governments remain firmly committed to improving road safety along this strategic passenger and freight route.

Tenders will close on Wednesday, 2 December 2015 and more information is available at http://www.midlandhighway.tas.gov.au