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Milestone for $80m Tasmania road upgrade

Road works in the city. Working on special equipment cut off the old asphalt on a Sunny summer day

The first stage of the $80 million upgrade to Illawarra Road, a key freight link between the Midland and Bass Highways, has been completed.

The project is jointly funded by the Federal and Tasmanian governments and aims to improve productivity and efficiency in moving freight and increase safety for all road users.

The Federal Government has committed $64 million under the Roads of Strategic Importance program, while the Tasmanian Government has contributed $16 million to upgrade Illawarra Road from the Bass Highway to the Perth Link.

The completed first stage includes widening the lanes and road shoulders between the Longford roundabout and Bishopsbourne Road and improving safety at the Bishopsbourne Road intersection.

A heavy vehicle rest area has also been created near the Longford roundabout.

Delivered by Tasmanian company Gradco, works started on the first stage in March 2022 and were recently completed.

“The completion of this road will benefit Tasmania and provide a major economic stimulus to the centres which feed in and out of the Illawarra Road,” said Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.

“This project, which is funded under our Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, is important to both Tasmanian businesses and the tourism industry.

“Improved infrastructure and enhanced safety will benefit all motorists travelling on this key transport link.”

Illawarra Road is a key link providing efficient access to the freight hubs between Hobart and the northern regions of Tasmania.

Planning is progressing on the next stage of improvements, with detailed design underway on a 2.9-kilometre section at the Bass Highway end of the Illawarra Road.

Tasmanian Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson said improving freight transport infrastructure would ensure continued economic growth for Tasmania.

“We are investing heavily in upgrading key freight routes and strengthening bridges to cater for modern heavy vehicles,” he said.

“Illawarra Road is a key link between the north and south of the state. Its upgrade will benefit not only our freight operators but provide a safer, more efficient route for everyone using this road.”


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