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Tasmanian Government rolls out road upgrades

 

The Tasmanian Government has commissioned its $2 billion road safety upgrade program.

Originally announced last year, Tasmania’s road safety program will be delivered, thanks to joint funding from the Australian and Tasmanian governments.

Tranche 1 of the program includes $33.3 million from the Federal Government and $12.3 million from the State Government.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the works will boost safety and support Australian jobs.

The works include shoulder sealing, rumble strips and barriers to prevent run-off-road crashes.

“The Australian Government takes road safety seriously, which is why we want to start this New Year with boots on the ground and shovels in the dirt to ensure these additional works are delivered quickly for Tasmanians,” he said.

“A variety of works will be delivered across Tasmania, including installing line marking, signage and safety barriers on Glenwood Road in Launceston, to enhance the capacity, safety and accessibility of the roads.

“This is all about getting Tasmanians home sooner and safer.”

The program will be delivered on a “use it or lose it” basis, with the funds to be allocated within a specific time frame.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson said the works will enhance the state’s road safety.

“The projects being funded – no matter how big or small – could make the difference in someone getting home safely to their loved ones, which is why we continue working to move closer to zero fatalities through these investments,” he said.