Three stages along the Midland Highway between Kempton to Melton Mowbray and Mangalore to Bagdad were officially opened to motorists today.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government was investing $75 billion in infrastructure nationwide to keep our cities moving and deliver a safer road network.
“The Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan will improve safety on Tasmania’s key north south freight and passenger route and improve road safety,” Mr Chester said.
“The three projects completed at a total cost of $34.7 million are Kempton to Melton Mowbray Stage 1 and 2, and Mangalore to Bagdad Stage 1 – bringing the total number of projects completed under the plan to 10, and the total distance of highway upgraded to 25 kilometres or 17 per cent of the entire project.”
Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said Mangalore to Bagdad Stage 1 had improved safety for all motorists travelling through the township of Bagdad.
“The Kempton to Melton Mowbray Stage 1 and 2 projects have improved the approximately 10 kilometre section of highway between the southern entrance to Kempton and the Highland Lakes Road turnoff at Melton Mowbray,” Senator Duniam said.
“The works included construction of new overtaking lanes both north and southbound, creation of safer turning facilities and installation of flexible safety barriers to separate opposing traffic.
“The Midland Highway Upgrade is already having a positive impact for motorists with reduced travel times and improved traffic flows.”
Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said it was yet another example of the successful partnership between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments that was creating jobs and improving Tasmania’s road infrastructure.
“More than $84 million worth of projects are currently under construction, including the Perth to Breadalbane duplication ($44 million), White Lagoon to Mona Vale ($23 million), Symmons Plain and south of Perth ($17 million),” Mr Hidding said.
“These works are not only resulting in increased safety for motorists, they are creating jobs for Tasmanians with numerous flow-on benefits for local businesses.
“I would like to commend the many thousands of travellers for their patience during these important works over the last 17 months.”
The Australian Government is contributing $400 million and the Tasmanian Government $100 million to upgrade the Midland Highway.
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