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RACT welcomes new Midlands upgrade timeline

The RACT has welcomed an announcement by the Tasmanian and Federal governments that the biggest stage of the Midland Highway upgrade – the Perth Link Roads project – would begin two years earlier than scheduled.

The project will connect the current upgrades underway between Symmons Plains and Perth and from Perth to Breadalbane, with construction expected to start late this year and be completed by 2020.

RACT Group Chief Executive Harvey Lennon said the infrastructure investment announcement was significant and was an integral part of the Midland Highway 10-Year Action Plan.

“The RACT continues to be strongly supportive of the joint commitment to make the Midland Highway safer,” he said. 

“The project announcement is a good outcome for motorists and the whole community.”

The RACT referenced the need to secure future funding for the remainder of the Midland Highway upgrade in its State and Federal Budget submissions.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Perth Link Roads project was integral to the $500 million Midland Highway Upgrade.

“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,” he said. “The end result is better infrastructure for the state’s various industries and job security for thousands of people.”

Projects at Kempton, Bagdad and Tunbridge are expected to be completed in the coming months.

The Perth Link Roads project is expected to go to tender in mid-2017. Construction is expected to commence in late 2017 and be completed in 2020. The Australian Government is contributing $400 million and the Tasmanian Government $100 million to upgrade the Midland Highway.

The Perth Link Roads design plans and images are currently on display at the Northern Midlands Council offices in Longford from 20 March to 3 April. More information is available at www.midlandhighway.tas.gov.au/projects/perth_link_roads.