Key road funding priorities

As Tasmania’s peak transport authority, we are leading the way in improving outcomes for the state’s road users.

This involves holding the Australian and Tasmanian governments, local councils and transport authorities to account for their promises to improve transport, infrastructure and road safety.

We do this  in a number of ways, including annual Budget Priorities, our Tasmanian Road Futures funding priorities document, our Greater Hobart Mobility Vision and this Road Funding Priorities scorecard.

As part of this scorecard, we’ve reviewed our funding priorities and rated all levels of government based on their progress and our expectations. This document will help us monitor transport projects across the state and push governments to continually improve the experiences of Tasmanian road users.

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1No funding or project not to RACT's expectations.
2Featured in governmental budgets, plans or strategies with indicative funding, but no timeline. Could include suitable alternative project.
3Featured in forward estimates/planning process commenced
4Planning process completed/budgeted to commence this year.
5Project commenced.
6Project completed.
Bass Highway 10 year plan
State Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
Progress Rating
1. Funding for safety upgrades on Bass Highway (Christmas Hills)
1. Funding for safety upgrades on Bass Highway (Christmas Hills) Included in a $20 million co-funded project to improve safety between Deloraine and Latrobe. Included in a $20 million co-funded project to improve safety between Deloraine and Latrobe. State: Part of State Road Upgrades (North) package, with $49 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23.

Budget years for project not specified.
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2. New passing lanes on Bass Highway (Parramatta Creek)
2. New passing lanes on Bass Highway (Parramatta Creek) Included in a $20 million co-funded project to improve safety between Deloraine and Latrobe. Included in a $20 million co-funded project to improve safety between Deloraine and Latrobe. State: Part of State Road Upgrades (North) package, with $49 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23.

Budget years for project not specified.
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3. Additional funding of up to $15 million to consolidate Wynyard intersections on Bass Highway
3. Additional funding of up to $15 million to consolidate Wynyard intersections on Bass Highway Contribution of $570,000. Contribution of $2.3 million. State: Safety improve­ments completed at four inter­sections, with one other on hold as council support is secured. Not to RACT’s expected standard. 1
4. Bass Highway (Wynyard to Marrawah). Funding for safety upgrades in addition to $400 million for roads of strategic importance funding already committed
4. Bass Highway (Wynyard to Marrawah). Funding for safety upgrades in addition to $400 million for roads of strategic importance funding already committed. $40 million for Bass Highway: Wynyard to Marrawah. $60 million for Bass Highway: Wynyard to Marrawah. State / Federal: $100 million co-funded between 2018-19 and 2021-22 under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative. 3
Major Projects
State Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
Progress Rating
5. Bridgewater Bridge replacement
5. Bridgewater Bridge replacement $115 million towards replacement bridge $461 million towards replacement bridge State: $59 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23

Federal: $241 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23.
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6. Midland Highway 10 year plan
6. Midland Highway 10 year plan $100 million towards Midland Highway upgrades $400 million towards Midland Highway upgrades ($500 million total) Total spend at halfway point: approximately $300 million.

Budgeted funds:

State: $400,000 budgeted in 2019-20

Federal: $111.4 million budgeted between 2019-20 and 2022-23.
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7. Eastern Hobart Approach - Sorell/Midway Point causeways, airport roundabout and Tasman Bridge.

Additional funding to improve traffic flow from eastern and south east suburbs into Hobart
7. Eastern Hobart Approach - Sorell/Midway Point causeways, airport roundabout and Tasman Bridge.

Additional funding to improve traffic flow from eastern and south east suburbs into Hobart
$30 million Hobart Airport Interchange with Australian Government support.

$27 million worth of projects for the South East Traffic Solution include:

Tasman Highway between Tasmania Golf Club and airport roundabout ($5 million). Midway Point intersection solution ($7.5 million).

Overtaking opportunities on Arthur Highway ($5 million).

Southern Sorell bypass ($9 million).

Duplication of Tasman Highway between Hobart and Sorell ($100 million-plus. Feasibility study ($500,000).

Bus and high occupancy vehicle priority lanes between Sorell and Hobart.
$130 million for the Hobart to Sorell corridor. Unclear how this funding will be spent. State: $8 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2019-20. South East Traffic Solution: $27 million budgeted for between 2018-19 and 2022-23.

Federal: $42.7 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2020-21.

NB: Not all projects in line with GHMV.
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30-year Greater Hobart Mobility Vision
State Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
Progress Rating
8. Develop long-term traffic congestion relieving measures for Hobart.
8. Develop long-term traffic congestion relieving measures for Hobart. Greater Hobart Traffic Solution and Urban Congestion Fund projects:

Fifth lane on Southern Outlet ($35 million).

Range of projects on Davey and Macquarie Streets ($16 million).

Support for Derwent River ferry service ($2 million).

Implementation of northern suburbs light rail (not costed).

Establishment of a Traffic Incident Response Team ($1.2 million).

Bus priority measures ($1.2 million).

Planning to relieve pinch points ($625,000).

Progression of a Bus Transit Centre concept ($750,000).

Develop a Greater Hobart Transport Masterplan (not costed).
Urban Congestion Fund:

$25 million towards Hobart Congestion Package (particular focus on northern suburbs light rail project.)

$10 million for Tasman Highway Intelligent Transport Solutions
State: Greater Hobart Traffic Solution: $75.4 million budgeted by the State Government between 2018-19 and 2022-23.

Urban Congestion Fund: $24 million budgeted by the State Government between 2019-20 and 2021-22.

Federal: Urban Congestion Fund: $58.7 million between 2019-20 and 2022-23.

NB: Planning work underway for some projects.
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Launceston Traffic Solutions
State Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
Progress Rating
9. Feasibility, design and construction of a new Tamar Bridge in Launceston.
9. Feasibility, design and construction of a new Tamar Bridge in Launceston. $2.5 million towards feasibility, consultation, planning, with $25 million in 2022-23 as initial contribution to construction. Part of State Road Upgrades (North) package, with $49 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23. 2
10. Fix congestion Launceston through long-term congestion strategies.
10. Fix congestion Launceston through long-term congestion strategies. $92.5 million promised for transport infrastructure in Launceston and the Tamar Valley. State: Funding of $76.9 million committed between 2018-19 and 2022-23. Vision project underway. 2
Tasmanian Tourist Roads
State Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
Progress Rating
11. Funding for safety upgrades on Hastings Caves Road.
11. Funding for safety upgrades on Hastings Caves Road. $12.5 million to seal Hastings Caves Road State: Part of package to support Tasmania's visitor economy, with $65 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23. 5
12. Upgrade Wielangta Road connection between East Coast and Tasman Peninsula.
12. Upgrade Wielangta Road connection between East Coast and Tasman Peninsula. No progress 1
13. Complete current works on Richmond Road between Cambridge and Richmond.
13. Complete current works on Richmond Road between Cambridge and Richmond. $24.3 million towards upgrade of Richmond Road. State: Part of State Road Upgrades (South) package, with $98 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23. Project underway. 5
14. Funding for safety upgrades on Arthur Highway at Eaglehawk Neck
14. Funding for safety upgrades on Arthur Highway at Eaglehawk Neck $1 million to widen highway and make provision for pedestrian access path at Eaglehawk Neck. State: Part of package to support Tasmania's visitor economy: $65 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23.

Project designs and planning work underway
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15. Funding for safety upgrades on Bruny Island
15. Funding for safety upgrades on Bruny Island $8 million for sealing on Bruny Island Main Road. State: Part of package to support Tasmania's visitor economy, with $65 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23.

NB: One project underway.
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16. Lane widening and shoulder sealing on Stanley Highway.
16. Lane widening and shoulder sealing on Stanley Highway. No progress 1
Road Safety Upgrades
State Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
Progress Rating
17. Funding for safety upgrades on West Tamar Highway (Craythorne Road to Atkinsons Road).
17. Funding for safety upgrades on West Tamar Highway (Craythorne Road to Atkinsons Road). $2.5 million to reconstruct and widen the highway between the intersections with Atkinsons Road and Waldhorn Drive as part of $12 million package for highway. State: West Tamar Highway traffic solution: $12 million of funding budgeted by State Government between 2019-20 and 2020-21. 3
18. Funding for safety upgrades on Huon Highway Sandfly Junction.
18. Funding for safety upgrades on Huon Highway Sandfly Junction. $2 million committed over five years for safety improvements at this intersection. State: Part of State Road Upgrades (South) package: with $98 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23. 3
19. Funding for safety upgrades on East Tamar Highway (Alanvale).
19. Funding for safety upgrades on East Tamar Highway (Alanvale). No progress 1
20. Funding for a flyover at the Mowbray Connector on East Tamar Highway.
20. Funding for a flyover at the Mowbray Connector on East Tamar Highway. No funding for flyover. No funding for flyover. State: State Government has committed $7 million towards improving the Mowbray Connector in 2019-20.

NB: Alternative project.
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21. Funding for safety upgrades on Channel Highway at Howden.
21. Funding for safety upgrades on Channel Highway at Howden. $150,000 to undertake a full review of the traffic safety at this intersection. State: Part of State Road Upgrades (South) package: $98 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23. 2
All Highways
State Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
Progress Rating
22. Upgrade to minimum 3 Star AusRAP rating.
22. Upgrade to minimum 3 Star AusRAP rating. 2
Future Mobility and Sustainability
State Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
Progress Rating
23. Invest in charging stations and incentive programs to increase fleet uptake on electric vehicles.
23. Invest in charging stations and incentive programs to increase fleet uptake on electric vehicles. $250,000 committed towards EV ChargeSmart Grants Program for the rollout of charging stations. State: $500,000 committed towards EV ChargeSmart Grants Program, which is well underway. 4
24. Explore opportunities for an autonomous vehicle trial.
24. Explore opportunities for an autonomous vehicle trial. RACT led the delivery of a Driverless Electric Bus demonstration in Hobart in December 2019, a first for Tasmania.

This was assisted through a partnership with the Tasmanian Government and City of Hobart, which both discuss more long-term autonomous vehicle trials within strategic documents
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