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Key Tasmanian freight link set for massive upgrade

One of Tasmania’s key freight links on the west coast is getting a major upgrade.

Work has started on improvements to the Zeehan Highway from its junction with the Murchison Highway to Henty Road in Zeehan.

The upgrade is the next stage of a near $44 million initiative to improve the Murchison and Zeehan Highways, jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian governments.

It has been revealed that a $10.6 million contract has been awarded to Tasmanian company, Shaw Contracting, for the Zeehan Highway stage.

This project will involve upgrading 4.5 kilometres of the highway to meet modern heavy vehicle standards.

The upgrade will also improve safety by delivering two three-metre-wide sealed lanes, with one-metre-wide sealed shoulders and 0.5-metre-wide gravel verges.

According to the Tasmanian Government, heavy vehicles make up a high percentage of traffic on the Zeehan Highway with nearly 18 per cent of the average 1,055 vehicles a day being trucks.

“This work is welcome news for the west coast region as heavy vehicles are a large amount of the traffic using that section of road,” said Senator for Tasmania, Anne Urquhart.

“This proves the Australian Government is committed to safety, efficiency and capacity of vital infrastructure which is crucial to local industries constantly reliant on this part of the highway.”

Construction is expected to be completed in May 2025.

A future stage will continue the upgrade north along the Murchison Highway between the Argent River and Ring River.

These future upgrades between Rosebery and Zeehan will increase freight efficiency and reduce travel times, improving inter-regional connections to and from northern export ports in Tasmania.

The works will widen curves, seal road shoulders and provide gravel verges, together with more formal overtaking opportunities and strategically located pull-off and load checking sites for heavy vehicle users.

“The Australian Government is pleased to be contributing funding to this important project for the west coast region of Tasmania which needs more reliable and safer highways, especially for heavy vehicle traffic,” said Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, Catherine King.

“West coast residents, freight industries and tourists will all greatly benefit for years to come from this work jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian governments.”

In other news, Austroads is celebrating nine decades of contributions to Australia’s transport industry.

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