Another major section of the Bass Highway has been upgraded to provide a safer and more efficient road for heavy vehicles between Somerset and Wynyard.
Part of the $1.2 billion Tasmanian Roads Package and Bass Highway 10 year Action plan, this $50 million project saw 3.6 kilometres of the highway realigned from west of Cape View Nursery to the Old Bass Highway intersection at Doctors Rocks.
The upgrades have made this section of the highway safer with a number of sharp bends removed and new overtaking lanes in each direction which will improve traffic flow and safety.
Senator for Tasmania, Anne Urquhart, said the upgrade will benefit operators using the key freight link.
“This project will also boost productivity along this key freight corridor, keeping truckies and our economy moving during these challenging global times,” she said.
“Upgrading the Bass Highway is all about cementing opportunities for future growth across Tasmania’s north and north west.”
The realignment is one of many upgrades planned, underway or completed on the Bass Highway between Cooee and Marrawah.
These projects include making junctions safer, road widening and construction of more overtaking lanes.
Tasmanian Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Michael Ferguson, said he was pleased to contribute to improving safety on the Bass Highway.
“The completion of these works marks a key step in our plan to upgrade the Bass Highway, which is a key link across major population centres, transport hubs and agricultural regions across the north and northwest of Tasmania,” he said.