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Bass Highway and Illawarra Main Road Safety Upgrades

Funding Program:National Highway Upgrade Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:15 October 2015 - 29 July 2016
Estimated Project Cost:$9,600,000
Australian Government Contribution:$7,680,000
Local Council/Shire:Meander Valley Council,Northern Midlands Council
Corridor:Hobart - Burnie

Project Description

The project duplicated 3.2 kilometres of single carriageway and installed safety fencing and barriers on the Bass Highway between Westbury and Exton.  The project also lengthened existing access ramps and installed audible line marking, safety barriers and lighting on Illawarra Main Road. Edge line delineation was also upgraded at six locations on the National Network.


The project has reduced the likehood of head-on crashes, reduced the severity of run off road crashes and has provided a consistent road environment. The project also improved capacity and reliability for transport operations. The project has achieved a minimum 3 star AusRAP safety rating.


The final cost of the project was $9.6 million. The Australian Government contributed $7.68 million and the Tasmanian Government $1.92 million.


Construction commenced on 15 October 2015 and was completed on 29 July 2016.

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Project details last updated: 29/07/2016