South of Tunbridge safety improvements underway

Media Release


23 October 2015

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Eric Hutchinson

Federal Member for Lyons

Work will start in early November on the South of Tunbridge Stage 2 project, which is part of the $500 million Midland Highway 10-Year Action Plan being jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian governments.

This follows the announcement that the successful tenderer for the project is Tasmanian company, Hazell Bros.

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments are getting on with the job of fixing the Midland Highway now, contributing $400 million and $100 million, respectively, to the Midland Highway 10-Year Action Plan.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that, importantly, the Australian and Tasmanian Governments are working together to create jobs and build the world-class infrastructure Tasmania needs today.

“Upgrading the Midland Highway is a key part of our joint economic plan to improve safety, create hundreds of jobs and slash travel times for motorists, while improving north-south connectivity across the state. The project will be of particular benefit to primary industries wanting to move their products to market,” Mr Truss said.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said more priority projects will be constructed in the next 12 months, with the overall aim being to bring the full length of the highway up to a minimum AusRAP 3-star safety rating.

“We are working closely with local communities to ensure these projects are delivered as quickly and effectively as possible with minimal disruption to motorists while also maximising local employment opportunities,” Mr Hidding said.

“We are getting on with building a safer and more economically productive Midland Highway for all Tasmanians and visitors.”

Federal Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson said the project will provide an additional south-bound overtaking lane, central and roadside flexible safety barriers and curve improvements.

“In addition, two light vehicle turning bays at the southern end of the project suitable for cars and other light vehicles, as well as a combined turning bay and bus stop at Lowes St, will be built,” Mr Hutchinson said.

Work on the South of Tunbridge Stage 2 project is scheduled to be completed around mid-2016.

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

For more information about the Midland Highway 10-Year Action Plan: