Two new overtaking lanes will be included in new improvements along the Tasman Highway between Scottsdale and Branxholm.
The improvements, part of the Tasmanian Government’s $4 million Dorset Roads Package, will include new passing opportunities in each direction with the construction of an overtaking lane for eastbound traffic near Rocky Gully and another for westbound traffic near Billycock Hill.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson, has signed a contract with Launceston-based construction company, Show Contracting, which will see work begin in the coming weeks.
According to Ferguson, the upgrades will improve freight in Tasmania.
“They will contribute to making transport in the North East safer and more efficient, providing benefits to residents, freight operators and businesses and the growing tourism industry in the region,” he said.
“The improvements address local concerns about the lack of overtaking opportunities on this section of the highway and follow extensive consultation we’ve done with the Dorset community and the Council.”
The completed repairs involved the rebuilding and reinforcement of a steep embankment which collapsed due to severe rainfall, undermining the highway and requiring its closure.