Improved road safety and a smoother Midlands journey with Perth Link Roads project complete

Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Claire Chandler,Liberal Senator for Tasmania

The Perth Link Roads project is now complete, improving safety and efficiency for all road users along this busy section of the Midland Highway, and providing a safer environment through the township of Perth.

The project has delivered a divided dual lane highway around the western side of Perth, connecting in to Illawarra Road, and joining the Midland Highway at the South Esk Bridge.

This is the final link in providing dual carriageway from Launceston to south of Perth.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson said the Perth Link Roads project is the single largest component of the $500 million Midland Highway 10-Year Action Plan, funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments.

“The Action Plan is making the highway safer for all road users by raising the standard of this strategic highway to minimum three-star AusRAP rating along its entire length,” Minister Ferguson said.

“The Tasmanian Liberal Government and Morrison Government are continuing to build infrastructure that will benefit Tasmanians for generations, to provide better access to jobs and to support our productive industries and regional communities.”

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler said the project has improved safety and efficiency on Tasmania’s key north-south transport corridor.

“Removing through traffic and heavy vehicles from the centre of Perth cuts down the freight journey to and from North and North-West ports and also makes Perth safer and quieter for residents and visitors to enjoy,” Senator Chandler said.

“This is another example of the Morrison Government working with the Tasmanian Liberal Government to deliver important road infrastructure upgrades.”

The $92.3 million Perth Link Roads project has been completed ahead of schedule having originally been expected to be completed in 2021.

Seventeen separate projects in the Action Plan, totalling 90 kilometres, or 62 per cent of the 146-kilometre plan, are now completed.

Three projects are currently under construction at St Peters Pass to south of Tunbridge, Melton Mowbray to Lovely Banks and Spring Hill.

Five projects make up the Midland Highway Final Stages. These include Tunbridge and Powranna, due to begin construction in late 2020, and the Oatlands, Ross and Campbell Town North projects, which are due to start in late 2021.

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