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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 documents (including budgets) with indicative funding, but no timeline. Certain elements of project may be in planning or underway.
3Comprehensive planning process underway or close to finalisation. Project may be funded in budget documents, commencing soon or partially underway.
4Planning process completed with project budgeted to commence this year.
5Project commenced.
6Project completed.
Bass Highway 10 year plan
Our PrioritiesState Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
ProgressRating
1. Funding for safety upgrades on Bass Highway (Christmas Hills).$200 million committed from the State and Federal Governments for the Bass Highway between Deloraine and Marrawah.$200 million committed from the State and Federal Governments for the Bass Highway between Deloraine and Marrawah.$147 million in co-funding over estimates to upgrade Bass Highway between Deloraine and Marrawah, as part of $200 million committed from the State and Federal Governments.This includes co-funding for the Wynyard to Marrawah Corridor ($100 million), Cooee to Wynyard ($50 million), Deloraine to Devonport ($50 million)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.3
2. New passing lanes on Bass Highway at Parramatta Creek (near Elizabeth Town).$200 million committed from the State and Federal Governments for the Bass Highway between Deloraine and Marrawah.$200 million committed from the State and Federal Governments for the Bass Highway between Deloraine and Marrawah.$147 million in co-funding over estimates to upgrade Bass Highway between Deloraine and Marrawah, as part of $200 million committed from the State and Federal Governments.This includes co-funding for the Wynyard to Marrawah Corridor ($100 million), Cooee to Wynyard ($50 million), Deloraine to Devonport ($50 million)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.3
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.1
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 and Federal: $100 million co-funded between 2018-19 and 2023-24 under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative.This includes co-funding for the Wynyard to Marrawah Corridor ($100 million), Cooee to Wynyard ($50 million), Deloraine to Devonport ($50 million)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.3
Major Projects
Our PrioritiesState Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
ProgressRating
5. Bridgewater Bridge replacement.$115 million towards replacement bridge.$461 million towards replacement bridge.State: $112.3 million budgeted between 2021-22 and 2023-24.Federal: $441 million budgeted between 2021-22 and 2023-24.Planning works for the new bridge are continuing, with a reference design released for community consultation. The design consists of two dual-lane bridges.Two contractors will refine this design and submit their final plans as part of the tender process, with one to be awarded the contract in late-2021. A detailed design will then be finalised, with construction to start in mid-2022 and cars to be driving on the bridge in late-2024.The new bridge has been declared a Major Project and will now be fast-tracked.3
6. Midland Highway 10 year plan.$100 million towards Midland Highway upgrades.$400 million towards Midland Highway upgrades ($515 million total).State: $3 million budgeted in 2020-21, with funding also coming from State Road Upgrades. Funding also extends beyond forward estimates.Federal: $153 million budgeted from 2020-21 to 2023-24, with funding also extending beyond forward estimates.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 2021.5
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.Original commitment of $30 million for the Hobart Airport Interchange has now increased to $50 million, with Tasmanian Government support.Unclear about exact funding breakdown between State and Federal governments. Interchange upgrade is part of the South East Traffic Solution.This project is underway.5
These commitments are expected to change in the 2020-21 State Budget following release of Federal Budget.$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.There is $349.5 million in co-funding for the Hobart to Sorell corridor. The funding split between the State and Federal governments is not yet known, but this commitment includes:$162.5 million for the Hobart Airport interchange, Tasman Highway between Hobart airport roundabout and western Midway Point causeway, Midway Point intersection solution, overtaking opportunities on Arthur Highway and the Southern Sorell bypass, and$187 million for duplication of Midway Point causeways.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.$349.5 million in co-funding for the Hobart to Sorell corridor.State: $45.2 million between 2020-21 and 2023-24Federal: $150 million from 2020-211. Arthur Highway Overtaking Lane:Complete.2. Midway Point Intersection Solution (project underway).3. Hobart Airport to Western Causeway (project underway).4. Sorell Bypass or Western Causeway (designs finalised).Construction start date: September 2021.5. Bus and high occupancy vehicle priority lanes are being considered as part of the Sorell to Hobart Planning Study. Planning is not finalised and funding is not yet known.NB: Not all projects in line with Greater Hobart Mobility Vision.3
30-year Greater Hobart Mobility Vision (1-5 years)
Our PrioritiesState Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
ProgressRating
8. Develop long-term traffic congestion relieving measures for Hobart.Greater Hobart Traffic Solution and Urban Congestion Fund projects:Fifth lane on Southern OutletRange of projects on Davey and Macquarie StreetsSupport for Derwent River ferry service ($1.5 million)Kingston park and ride facilities at Huntingfield and Firthside ($6.75 million)Implementation of northern suburbs transit solutionEstablishment of a Traffic Incident Response TeamBus priority measures and active transport upgrades to Macquarie and Davey streetsPlanning to relieve pinch pointsProgression of a Bus Transit Centre conceptDevelop a Greater Hobart Transport MasterplanUrban Congestion Fund:$38 million towards fund between 2020-21 and 2023-24$175.5 million in funding from the State and Federal governments towards the Greater Hobart Traffic Solution.State: $130 million budgeted by the State Government between 2020-21 and 2023-24.Federal: $45.5 million budgeted by the Federal Government between 2020-21 and 2023-24.$61.9 million in funding from the State and Federal governments towards the Urban Congestion Fund.State: $24.9 million budgeted by the State Government between 2020-21 and 2023-24.Federal: $37 million budgeted by the Federal Government between 2020-21 and 2023-24, including $1.5 million for Tasman Highway Intelligent Transport Systems.The State and Federal governments are committing $65 million each towards $130 million Tasman Bridge Upgrade, including strengthening and active transport upgrades.Planning work underway for some projects, with work on the Kingston park and ride sites and the River Derwent ferry service well-advanced.3
Launceston Traffic Solutions
Our PrioritiesState Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
ProgressRating
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, the Mowbray Connector upgrade, takeover of Wellington and Bathurst streets, Batman Highway upgrades and safer junctions on the East Tamar Highway.State: $33.2 million committed between 2020-21 and 2023-24State and Federal: $12.7 million from State Government and $16 million from the Federal Government committed to the West Tamar Highway Traffic Solution (upgrades north of Legana).Planning for Vision project has commenced, while the Mowbray Connector roundabout has been completed.Designs for West Tamar Highway improvements north of Legana are being finalised, with work to commence from spring 2020.2
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.2
Tasmanian Tourist Roads
Our PrioritiesState Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
ProgressRating
11. Funding for safety upgrades on Hastings Caves Road.$12.5 million to seal Hastings Caves RoadState: Part of package to support Tasmania`s visitor economy, with $65 million budgeted between 2018-19 and 2022-23.Project completed.6
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.$6.5 million towards final upgrades 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 20205
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 delayed due to indigenous heritage concerns.4
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.2
16. Lane widening and shoulder sealing on Stanley Highway.No progress. Not part of Tasmanian Government policy.1
Road Safety Upgrades
Our PrioritiesState Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
ProgressRating
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 DriveWork will commence soon and is expected to be completed by mid-2021.4
18. Funding for safety upgrades on Huon Highway Sandfly Junction.$7 million committed for safety improvements at this intersection.$7 million committed for safety improvements at this intersection.State: The project is currently out to tender. Construction is planned for the 2020/21 construction season.4
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 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.1
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.Channel Highway Corridor Study identified the need to construct a new roundabout at Howden Road and to improve sight distances.2
All Highways
Our PrioritiesState Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
ProgressRating
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.2
Future Mobility and Sustainability
Our PrioritiesState Government
Commitment
Federal Government
Commitment
ProgressRating
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.$2.3 million over next 3 years to help transition government fleets to 100% electric by 2030.Metro Tasmania will trial zero emission buses in Tas (electric or hydrogen), with a northern or southern trial in next 2 years.$12 million towards $50 million hydrogen development fund to start production, and $4 million to support development of industry. The goal is to have hydrogen production by 2022-24 and an exportable industry by 2030.State: $500,000 committed towards EV ChargeSmart Grants Program, which is expected to be completed in early 2021.4
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.2