Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Bass Highway and Illawarra Main Road Safety Upgrades

Funding Program:National Highway Upgrade Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2015 - Mid 2018
Estimated Project Cost:$8,976,463
Australian Government Contribution:$7,181,170
Local Council/Shire:Meander Valley Council,Northern Midlands Council
Corridor:Hobart - Burnie

Project Description

The project has 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.

Additional road safety upgrades to the Bass Highway at Latrobe have also been completed, including signage and pedestrian accessibility to the Moriarty Road roundabout, Bass Highway; improvement to driver visibility and sight lines by regrading and raising the road at the Gilbert Street (Mersey Main Road) junction with the Bass Highway; and channelised right turn facility on the Bass Highway into York Street junction and channelised right turn facility on the Bass Highway into the Wattle Hill Service station’s northern access.


The project will reduce the likelihood of head-on crashes, reduce the severity of run off road crashes and provide a consistent road environment. The project will also improve capacity and reliability for transport operations. The project will aim to achieve a minimum 3 star AusRAP safety rating.


The Australian Government has contributed $7.2 million and the Tasmanian Government $1.8 million to this project.


Construction commenced on 15 October 2015 and was completed on 29 July 2016 for road upgrades to on the Bass Highway between Westbury and Exton and Illawarra Main Road. Construction commenced on March 2018 and was completed on August 2018 for the Latrobe road safety upgrades.

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Project details last updated: 13/10/2020