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 Broad MP 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

Tenders called for Bass Highway Upgrade

Media Release


16 August 2015

Joint release with:

Eric Hutchinson

Federal Member for Lyons

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Tenders are now open for the construction of road safety improvements on the Bass Highway, the key passenger and freight route in the state's north.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian and Tasmanian governments were funding the upgrade west of Westbury, between the Birralee Main Road overpass and Exton.

“The Australian Government will provide up to $7.7 million and the Tasmanian Government up to $1.9 million in what is a very important road safety upgrade,” Mr Truss said.

“This section of highway is currently single lane and links two divided dual carriageway sections between Hagley and Westbury. Converting this section of highway from single carriageway to dual carriageway will reduce confusion by providing a consistent road environment,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson said improvements to road safety will pay dividends for residents and small towns.

“The work will involve constructing a 3.2km dual carriageway, including the installation of flexible safety barriers and upgrading the highway to a minimum AusRap 3 star safety standard,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“By eliminating head-on crashes and the risk of accidents, local emergency services will be able to allocate their resources elsewhere. Crashes cost an estimated $27 billion per year, let alone the impact on friends and families, so I am happy to see progress being made on this upgrade.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the project will also provide welcome job support for Tasmania.

“Construction is expected to start in October 2015 and works are anticipated to be completed by May 2016,” Mr Hidding said.

Construction of the additional traffic lanes will occur alongside the existing highway.  Motorists are urged to take care as speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions will apply. It is not expected that traffic flow will be directly affected by the majority of these works.

Tenders close on Wednesday 9 September and more information is available at