FEDERAL transport minister Darren Chester has announced the government will provide $72.5 million to bankroll the $80.6 million Perth Link Roads project, aimed at improving travel times and safety around Perth in Tasmania’s north.
Part of the 10-year $500 million Midland Highway Upgrade, the Perth Link Roads project is expected to deliver a minimum 3-star AusRAP safety rating over a continuous section of the highway between Symmons Plains and Launceston.
“The Perth Link Roads project will be delivered two years earlier than originally scheduled, creating significant travel time savings and much better connectivity between the south and north of Tasmania sooner,” Mr Chester said.
The project will remove heavy vehicles from the centre of Perth as they travel to and from the northern and north-western ports, and also make the main street safer for pedestrians.
Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said work was progressing well on the overall Midland Highway upgrade, with projects at Kempton to Melton Mowbray recently completed in May 2017 and the first stage of Mangalore to Bagdad completed in March 2017.
“We are already realising the safety benefits of the upgrade with the central wire rope barrier installed on one of the first projects delivered, preventing a potentially fatal outcome from a recent crash,” Mr Hidding said.
Construction on the Perth Link Roads project is expected to start in early 2018 and be completed in mid-2020, weather permitting.