TENDERS have been called for the South of Tunbridge Stage 2 project, as part of the $500 million Midland Highway 10-Year Action Plan being jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian governments.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian and Tasmanian Governments were working together to create jobs and build world class infrastructure for the State.

“Upgrading the Midland Highway is a key part of our joint economic plan to improve safety, 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,” Mr Truss said.

“The South of Tunbridge Stage 2 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.”

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.”

Tenders will close on 16 September, with the successful contractor expected to be announced in early October.

Work on the south of Tunbridge Stage 2 project is scheduled to start in late October 2015, with completion estimated to be 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.
Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure Warren Truss, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development