An overpass bridge is nearing completion on the Perth to Breadalbane section of the $44.4 million Midland Highway upgrade and the new carriageway is expected to be open to traffic shortly.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the carriageway would provide two additional traffic lanes, creating a four-lane highway between Perth and Breadalbane.

“The Perth to Breadalbane duplication is one of the largest projects in the Midland Highway Ten Year Action Plan, and once complete will improve safety and efficiency on Tasmania’s key north-south connection,” Mr Chester said.

“Drivers will soon be able to get to their destinations faster, access to the industrial development adjacent to Launceston Airport will be easier, and getting to the airport will be easier.

“Tasmania’s visitor economy is worth around $2.5 billion a year, and these works will support future growth by making it easier for tourists to travel around the state and enjoy everything it has to offer.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure, Rene Hidding, said traffic was already travelling on approximately two kilometres of newly constructed highway between Perth and Breadalbane.

“In a major project milestone, the new overpass bridge that will allow the highway to pass over the top of the new on and off-ramps, and underpass for airport traffic will be finished by early 2018,” Mr Hidding said.

“In the short term, motorists travelling through the site will notice changes as traffic is temporarily diverted under the newly-constructed overpass near the Breadalbane roundabout. This temporary measure will allow road construction to be completed, ahead of traffic moving onto the full length of the new road later this year.”

Construction on the project started in early 2016 and is expected to be complete by early 2018.

The Australian Government is investing $35.5 million and the Tasmanian Government $8.9 million to fund the Perth to Breadalbane Duplication.

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