Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Brooker Highway a smoother drive with completed junction upgrade

Media Release

DC190/2017

27 June 2017

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Eric Abetz

Senator for Tasmania

Tasmania’s second busiest section of road has become a far smoother, safer and more efficient driving experience following completion of the Brooker Highway junction upgrade at Glenorchy.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $33.81 million upgrade was already improving the drive for motorists, with better intersections reducing travel times and minimising peak-time bottlenecks.

“These works will ensure the junction can meet future traffic demands from the south. More than 1.6 million tonnes of freight is carried along the Brooker Highway each year, so efficient traffic flow through this section of road is critical to productivity in northern Tasmania,” Mr Chester said.

Officially opening the new Brooker Highway Junction upgrade at Glenorchy today, Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said after the Tasman Bridge, the Brooker Highway carried the highest volume of traffic in the state with 35,000 daily users.

“The upgrades were listed as a high priority, with the road identified as a key strategic and freight corridor north of Hobart. In just over a year, we’ve gone from starting construction to the road being open and used by the community,” Senator Abetz said.

“This project has also delivered economically for the region, providing 102 direct jobs and more than 600 indirect jobs during construction.”

Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer said the extensive upgrades would improve driving conditions for local motorists and cut down travel times.

“The project included the replacement of the Howard Road roundabout with a new signalised intersection, as well as the realignment of Elwick Road and Goodwood Road to form one intersection,” Ms Archer said.

“Additional improvements included relocation of the Timsbury Road access, installation of three through lanes in each direction, signalised pedestrian crossings at each intersection, and installation of a shared pathway for pedestrians and cyclists on the side of the highway. The pedestrian crossings were particularly important to the local community to allow for pram access and people with disabilities to cross safely.

“I would like to thank the public for their patience while this critical upgrade was carried out, and I am pleased to see motorists and pedestrians already reaping the rewards.”

The Australian Government committed $26.71 million and the Tasmanian Government $7.1 million towards the project. For more information on projects currently underway in Tasmania, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/