Community consultation has opened on concept designs for the final projects to be delivered under the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan.

The Midland Highway Final Stages will deliver safety upgrades to the remaining five sections of the Midland Highway, totalling around 54 kilometres in length.

A survey released in October last year by the RACT indicated that their members considered the Midland Highway the second-worst major road in Tasmania after the Tasman Highway. RACT acting group chief executive Stacey Pennicott said for the first time in many years the Midland Highway had not taken out the top spot.

“In recent years we have seen significant investment in the Bass Highway in the North-West and Midland Highway in the North of the state, which we believe has contributed to the improvement in ratings,” she said.

Since the survey was done, works have progressed significantly on the Perth Links Roads Project.

“This is a vital road network and freight corridor, and these major upgrades will provide a safer and more pleasant driving experience for locals, tourists and freight operators, as well as reduce travel times,” said Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Tasmanians are invited to provide feedback on concept designs for projects at Powranna Road to South of Symmons Plains, Campbell Town North, Ross, Tunbridge, and Oatlands. Feedback can be provided online through an interactive map and will help inform key design decisions, including the locations of turn facilities, and overtaking lanes.

Multiple Midland Highway projects

The Oatlands project covers approximately 17 kilometres of the Midland Highway from south of the Old Mill Road junction near Jericho to north of High Street, Oatlands.

The Ross project stretches about 14 kilometres from Mona Vale Road to Campbell Town.

The Campbell Town North project covers approximately 20 kilometres of highway between Campbell Town and Epping Forest.

The Tunbridge project includes approximately one kilometre between previously completed projects, spanning from Blackman River Bridge to Tunbridge Tier Road.

The Powranna Road to south of Symmons Plains covers approximately two kilometres of the highway.

Construction on the Tunbridge and Powranna Road to south of Symmons Plains sections is expected to start in spring 2020, with construction on the three remaining sections, Oatlands, Ross and Campbell Town North, expected to commence in spring 2021.

The Australian and Tasmanian governments are investing $500 million to upgrade the Midland Highway to a minimum three star AusRAP Safety Rating along the key north-south corridor, with the Australian government committing $400 million and the Tasmanian government committing $100 million.

To date, 16 projects have been completed and four projects are currently under construction.

Consultation opened today, Monday 1 June, and will close at 5 pm on Friday 12 June. You can view more information about the upgrades and have your say at https://www.midlandhighway.tas.gov.au.

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