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Perth Link Roads project earmarked for 2017

The largest project in Tasmania’s $500 million Midland Highway Upgrade has been brought forward by two years and is expected to go to tender mid-2017.

The largest project in Tasmania’s $500 million Midland Highway Upgrade has been brought forward by two years and is expected to go to tender mid-2017.The largest project in Tasmania’s $500 million Midland Highway Upgrade – the Perth Link Roads – has been brought forward by two years and is expected to go to tender mid-2017.

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments this week announced construction on the project would start before the end of the year.

According to a statement from Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, the project will connect the current upgrades underway on the Midland Highway between Symmons Plains and Perth and from Perth to Breadalbane.

The upgrade works will run from the South Esk River Bridge to the Illawarra Road in the west and connect with the new Perth to Breadalbane section of the Midland Highway north of the town.

“Removing heavy vehicles from the centre of Perth, but still ensuring the town can be accessed from both the north and the south, means the main street will be safer for pedestrians and freight operators can save time,” said Mr. Chester in the statement.

Mr. Chester said the 10 Year Action Plan for the Midland Highway was part of the Australian Government’s Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania.

“This is a massive project which will improve connectivity between the south and north of Tasmania and aims to achieve a 3-star AusRAP safety rating standard along its entire length. The end result is better infrastructure for the state’s various industries and job security for thousands of people.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said work is progressing well on the overall upgrade, with projects at Kempton, Bagdad and Tunbridge expected to be completed in the coming months.

“A project of this size and cost will result in millions being injected back into the economy with numerous flow-on benefits for local businesses. Its completion will also increase the productivity of our freight industry by allowing greater volumes of freight between Hobart and the state’s north per day,” said Mr. Hidding.

“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.”

Following the project going to tender mid-2017, construction is expected to commence late in the year with an anticipated completion date of 2020.

The Australian Government is contributing $400 million and the Tasmanian Government $100 million to upgrade the Midland Highway.

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