A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will act to improve traffic flow and resolve safety concerns around the West Tamar Highway by investing $12 million on road upgrades in the region.
Six projects will be undertaken during the next term of a re-elected majority Liberal Government, including new overtaking lanes and safety upgrades along the Highway.
“Our strong economy has resulted in the creation of 1300 jobs in Launceston and the North East to October this year, and with more people than ever commuting to work along the West Tamar Highway, it is clear that road upgrades are needed,” Premier Will Hodgman said.
“A re-elected majority Liberal Government will prioritise six projects that will improve safety and reduce congestion and travel times, allowing those who travel the highway to spend less time on the road and more time where they are traveling to.
“These upgrades will improve the lives of motorists, businesses and cyclists who uses the Highway and ensure the West Tamar community has the road infrastructure they need for the region to grow.”
Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the upgrades had been developed after consultation with the Council and the West Tamar community.
“The Hodgman Government has heard the concerns of the community, and we will act to ensure the West Tamar Highway can keep up with future demand,” Minister Hidding said.
“The overtaking lanes will reduce congestion and decrease travel time, which is a great outcome for motorists that will also result in improved safety.
“The 700-metre stretch between Lanena and Gravelly Beach Road will also be upgraded, with pavement widening, access improvements and a new footpath able to be installed on this narrow section of the Highway.
“Other works include a road pavement reconstruction on the intersections between Atkinson’s Road and Waldhorn Drive, and resealing and widening sections of the Highway to improve safety for cyclists.
“This is a comprehensive plan to upgrade the West Tamar Highway, and only a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will deliver it.”
Premier Hodgman concluded: “By getting the Budget back into balance we are able to invest more into much-needed road infrastructure upgrades like this. It highlights the choice Tasmanians have at the next election between a majority Liberal Government that manages the State’s finances well to build our future, or a Labor-Green minority government that wrecked the Budget and failed to properly invest in infrastructure.”
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