Construction has commenced on the final section of Tasmania’s Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan.
The Federal Government has committed $37.8 million to the $53.9 million jointly funded final section of the Midland Highway Upgrade, with the Tasmanian Government contributing the remaining $16.1 million.
The final section starts just north of Campbell Town and extends 20.8km to Epping Forest.
Works will include road widening, junction improvements, extending sealed shoulders, new overtaking lanes and installing a flexible safety barrier to reduce head-on collisions.
Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, Catherine King, said the Federal and Tasmanian Governments are jointly funding the Midland Highway Upgrade to deliver a minimum 3-star rating for the highway and save lives.
“When complete, it will provide a safer, more efficient road for all road users,” Ms King said.
Construction company Fulton Hogan has started preliminary work on the project under a $42 million contract.
Tasmanian Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Michael Ferguson, said the Campbell Town North project is one of three projects totalling 51.8km now under construction that will complete the 10-year program of upgrades.
“This puts the safety upgrade of Tasmania’s main north-south transport route on track for completion in the summer of 2024–25,” Mr Ferguson said.
Work also started earlier in 2022 on two Midland Highway Upgrade projects, near Oatlands and Ross.
The Oatlands section extends from Jericho to south of York Plains and the Ross works are taking place between Mona Vale Road and Campbell Town.
The package of works for both of the Oatlands and Ross projects include road widening, extending sealed shoulders and providing additional overtaking lanes.
Federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell, said, “I’m pleased to see the partnership of the Federal and Tasmanian Governments delivering these upgrades that will improve the safety and efficiency of roads in regional Tasmania.
“I travel the Midlands Highway several times a week, so I understand the importance of these works in ensuring all motorists using the Highway make it home safely.”