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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1 No funding or project not to RACT's expectations.
2 Featured in governmental documents (including budgets) with indicative funding, but no timeline. Certain elements of project may be in planning or underway.
3 Comprehensive planning process underway or close to finalisation. Project may be funded in budget documents, commencing soon or partially underway.
4 Planning process completed with project budgeted to commence this year .
5 Project commenced.
6 Project completed.
Bass Highway 10 year plan
Our Priorities 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 at Parramatta Creek (near Elizabeth Town).
2. New passing lanes on Bass Highway at Parramatta Creek (near Elizabeth Town). Not specified in $20 million co-funded project to improve safety between Deloraine and Latrobe. Not specified in a $20 million co-funded project to improve safety between Deloraine and Latrobe. The Tasmanian Government will finalise a Bass Highway (Launceston to Devonport) Corridor Strategy by mid-2021.

This will help prioritise improvements for future funding between Deloraine and Latrobe, with the section of highway near Elizabeth Town identified as a priority.
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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. No further work is currently anticipated.

However, intersections not to RACT’s expected standard.
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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 2023-24 under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative.

A Wynyard to Marrawah Corridor Study has been released, outlining key priorities for this section of the Bass Highway.

Shoulder widening and pavement improvements at Brittons Swamp and Togari were completed in April 2020, with Boat Harbour project to commence in spring 2020.

A further six projects as part of an initial package of works will be constructed between 2020-21, with a list of priorities for the next three years
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Major Projects
Our Priorities 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.

Planning works for the new bridge are continuing, with design requirements released.
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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). Budgeted funds:

State: $400,000 budgeted in 2019-20.

Federal: $111.4 million budgeted between 2019-20 and 2022-23.

As of August 2020, 59% of the Midland Highway upgrades (91km) had been completed through 17 projects.

Another three projects are underway, with two more due to start in spring 2020 and a further three in 2021.
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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.
Original commitment of $30 million for the Hobart Airport Interchange has now increased to $50 million, with Australian Government support.

NB: Interchange upgrade is part of the South East Traffic Solution.
Original commitment of $30 million for the Hobart Airport Interchange has now increased to $50 million, with Tasmanian Government support. State: $8 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2019-20 for the Hobart Airport Interchange.

Federal: $42.7 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2020-21 for the Hobart Airport Interchange.

Design changes have been approved by the Clarence City Council.

Site clearing and preparation works underway, with major construction expected to start in mid-2020.
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  $27 million worth of projects for the South East Traffic Solution include:

Tasman Highway between Hobart airport roundabout and western Midway Point causeway ($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 under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative. Unclear how this funding will be spent.

The State and Federal government commitment is to provide four lanes between the Hobart airport and western causeway, four lanes through Midway Point, as well as the southern Sorell bypass.
South East Traffic Solution: $27 million budgeted for between 2018-19 and 2022-23.

1. Arthur Highway Overtaking Lane:

Complete.

2. Midway Point Intersection Solution (designs finalised).

Construction start date: October 2020.

3. Hobart Airport to Western Causeway (designs finalised).

Construction start date: January 2021.

4. Sorell Bypass or Western Causeway (designs finalised).

Construction start date: September 2021.

Tenders for the Midway Point intersection solution are expected to be awarded in October 2020, with tenders for the Hobart Airport to western causeway duplication to be called in January 2021.

NB: Not all projects in line with Greater Hobart Mobility Vision.
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30-year Greater Hobart Mobility Vision (1-5 years)
Our Priorities 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 transit solution (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 transit solution).

$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 (total cost is $93.8 million).

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.

Planning work underway for some projects.
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Launceston Traffic Solutions
Our Priorities State Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
Progress Rating
9. Fix Launceston congestion through long-term congestion strategies.
9. Fix Launceston congestion through long-term congestion strategies. $92.5 million promised for transport infrastructure in Launceston and the Tamar Valley.

Includes plans for a new Tamar River bridge, West Tamar Highway improvements and the Mowbray Connector upgrade.
State: Funding of $76.9 million committed between 2018-19 and 2022-23.

Planning for Vision project has commenced, while the Mowbray Connector roundabout is due to be completed in August.

Designs for West Tamar Highway improvements north of Legana are being finalised, with work to commence from spring 2020.
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10. Feasibility, design and construction of a new Tamar Bridge in Launceston.
10. 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.

Planning work underway for new bridge.
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Tasmanian Tourist Roads
Our Priorities 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.

Project completed.
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12. Upgrade Wielangta Road connection between East Coast and Tasman Peninsula.
12. Upgrade Wielangta Road connection between East Coast and Tasman Peninsula. No progress. Not part of Tasmanian Government policy. 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, with three stages completed, including the Cambridge Link Road.

Future works between Malcoms Hut Road and Grass Tree Hill Road due to start in late 2020
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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.

Designs finalised, with work due to start in late 2020.
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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.

No other road upgrades have been announced.
State: Part of package to support Tasmania's visitor economy, with $65 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23.

Bruny Island Main Road project completed, but no other upgrades announced.
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16. Lane widening and shoulder sealing on Stanley Highway.
16. Lane widening and shoulder sealing on Stanley Highway. No progress. Not part of Tasmanian Government policy. 1
Road Safety Upgrades
Our Priorities 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.

Designs for West Tamar Highway improvements north of Legana are being finalised, with work to commence from spring 2020.
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18. Funding for safety upgrades on Huon Highway Sandfly Junction.
18. Funding for safety upgrades on Huon Highway Sandfly Junction. $2 million committed for safety improvements at this intersection. $5 million committed for safety improvements at this intersection. State: Planning for new intersection designs is underway, with works to start in the summer of 2021-22. 3
19. Funding for safety upgrades on East Tamar Highway (Alanvale).
19. Funding for safety upgrades on East Tamar Highway (Alanvale). No progress. Not part of Tasmanian Government policy. 1
20. Funding for a flyover at the Mowbray Connector on the 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.

Construction of a roundabout to replace the intersection will be completed in August.

NB: Alternative project not in-line with RACT's preferred flyover design.
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21. Funding for safety upgrades on Channel Highway at Howden Road.
21. Funding for safety upgrades on Channel Highway at Howden Road. $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.

Improvements to the Channel Highway/Howden Road intersection form part of the Channel Highway Corridor Study, which will be released soon.
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All Highways
Our Priorities State Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
Progress Rating
22. Upgrade to minimum 3 Star AusRAP rating.
22. Upgrade all Primary Highways to minimum 3-Star AusRAP safety rating by 2030. The Tasmanian Government has committed to upgrade the state's Primary Highways to a 3-star AusRAP rating, including the Midland Highway before 2025, the Bass Highway to Burnie by 2035 as well as the East Tamar Highway and Illawarra Main Road by 2045. The AusRAP Star Rating Report assessed 366km of Tasmania's Primary Highway routes in 2013. In total, just 32% were rated at 3 stars with 66% rated 1-2 stars.

However, we understand this percentage is likely to be higher now given upgrades to the Midland Highway. Since the project commenced in 2014, the highway's 3-star rating has increased from around 9% in 2013 to almost 60% in 2019. The upgrades are scheduled to finish in 2024.

However, the Tasmanian Government's commitment for other Primary Highways is not fully in line with our 2030 timeline, meaning the state's AusRAP rating will linger below the national average for many years.
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Future Mobility and Sustainability
Our Priorities 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. The potential for autonomous vehicle trials in Tasmania is discussed in Infrastructure Tasmania's draft 30-year Infrastructure Strategy. 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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