Budget welcomed, but congestion still a concern

The RACT has welcomed the inclusion of a number of road infrastructure projects to address improvements on Tasmanian roads in this year's State Budget, but a long-term Hobart congestion solution still appears to be some time away.

The Budget, handed down this afternoon, features a combined commitment by both Federal and State governments to deliver a new Bridgewater Bridge by 2024, for which the RACT has advocated for many years.

However, while funding for Hobart congestion issues will address a number of short-term improvements, no significant works will commence in the short to medium-term time frame.

This Budget addresses a large number of RACT's road infrastructure priorities, which were developed using a range of statistical and qualitative data, including feedback from our 188,000 members across Tasmania. 

RACT priorities that received funding in this Budget include:

  • A replacement Bridgewater Bridge.
  • Planning for upgrades on the Bass Highway between Deloraine and Latrobe.
  • Continuation of works to improve Wynyard intersections on the Bass Highway.
  • Bass Highway improvements from Wynyard to Marrawah.
  • Funding for the eastern approach to Hobart, including airport upgrades, Midway Point intersection, Tasman Highway between Tasmania Golf Club and Hobart Airport, and Arthur Highway improvements.
  • Sealing of Hastings Caves Road and Main Road, Bruny Island.
  • Safety upgrades on the Tasman Highway at Eaglehawk Neck.
  • Reconstruction and widening of the West Tamar Highway between the intersections of Atkinsons Road and Waldhorn Drive.
  • Huon Highway / Sandfly junction improvements.
  • Funding towards short-term improvements and planning for Hobart traffic congestion.

The RACT was also pleased to see a continued commitment to the Electric Vehicle Charging Partnership that will deliver fast charging stations across Tasmania.

Read our media release here.