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

Major upgrade starts on Brooker Highway intersections

Media Release


12 February 2016

Joint release with:

Eric Abetz

Senator for Tasmania

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Safety, capacity and efficiency will improve for motorists on the Brooker Highway at Glenorchy, with upgrade works starting at the intersections at Elwick, Goodwood and Howard Roads.

The Australian Government is the major funder of the upgrade, contributing $25.6 million to the $32 million project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project will reduce travel times and improve traffic flows north of Hobart.

"The Brooker Highway is critical to Tasmania's transport network and this upgrade will improve its role as a strategic and freight link between Hobart and the rest of Tasmania," Mr Truss said.

Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said the upgraded intersections will ease congestion for road users, especially at peak travel times.

"The project involves realigning Elwick and Goodwood Roads to become a signalised crossroad intersection, replacing two signalised T-junctions. The number of dedicated through lanes on the Brooker Highway will also be increased to three on each carriageway to ease congestion," Senator Abetz said.

"The Brooker Highway is one of the busiest sections of road in Tasmania, carrying some 35,000 traffic movements each day. More than 1.6 million tonnes of freight is carried annually along the highway, so efficient traffic flow through this section of road is critical to productivity."

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the Tasmanian Government has committed $6.4 million towards the Brooker Highway intersection upgrade.

"The upgrade will improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists by incorporating crossings with countdown timers at the intersections and a shared pathway along the highway that will improve connectivity between local communities," Mr Hidding said.

"We anticipate that 45 jobs will be created for the duration of the project, as well as 100 jobs for shorter periods, demonstrating a clear employment benefit to the community.

"Construction will be staged and traffic managed to minimise the impact on traffic flow and on nearby businesses and residents. Traffic flow will be closely monitored throughout construction to ensure delays are kept to a minimum, and two sealed lanes in both directions will be maintained on the Brooker Highway during construction.

"It is important motorists allow up to 10 minutes extra for travel between Derwent Park Road and Berriedale Road during daylight hours."

Construction of the Brooker Highway intersections is expected to be completed mid-2017.

More project information is online at