A MIDLAND highway upgrade between York Plains and St Peters Pass in Tasmania has progressed, with the Commonwealth Government approving funding of up to $11.8m.
Federal Minister infrastructure and transport minister, Darren Chester said the Australian and Tasmanian governments were working together to make the Midland Highway safer.
“The upgrade between York Plains and St Peters Pass is part of the 10-year Midland Highway Action Plan that will improve road safety and save lives on Tasmania’s key north-south road link,” Mr Chester said.
Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said this stretch of the highway was a single-lane carriageway with a 2-Star AusRAP rating.
“The works to be undertaken will bring the highway up to a 3-star AusRAP rating by widening the lanes and road shoulders, installing a central median flexible wire rope safety barrier and building extra overtaking lanes to reduce driver frustration and encourage safer driving,” Senator Duniam said.
“The proposed safety upgrades will benefit all road users, and help reduce, if not eliminate, fatalities and serious injuries caused by head-on collisions thanks to the new flexible central median barriers.”
The Australian Government has committed up to $11.8 million to the $14.7 million project in partnership with the Tasmanian Government.
Construction is expected to start in late 2017 and be completed by mid-2018.