The Australian and Tasmanian Governments are wasting no time delivering the $500 million upgrade of the Midland Highway with work to start soon on the next round of priority projects.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said four projects would commence in coming months under the jointly funded Midland Highway 10-Year Action Plan.
“The Australian and Tasmanian Governments are building world class infrastructure for Tasmania with the first of these four projects, Stage One of the Kempton to Melton Mowbray road widening upgrade, commencing in October 2015,” Mr Briggs said.
“Community consultation is continuing on options being considered for the Bagdad to Mangalore safety improvements project, which is expected to start in December 2015.
“Upgrading the Midland Highway is a key part of our joint economic plan to create hundreds of jobs, slash travel times for motorists and improve north-south connectivity so primary industries can get their products to market more efficiently”.
Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said more priority projects are expected to commence within 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 whilst also maximising local employment opportunities,” Mr Hidding said.
“Consultation with land owners about the Perth to Breadalbane duplication is nearing completion with work expected to start in December 2015.
“The South of Tunbridge Stage Two works, to install a south-bound overtaking lane, is expected to start in December 2015.
“We are getting on with building a safer and more economically productive Midland Highway for all Tasmanians and visitors.”
Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs, Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development