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Esk Main Road - Avoca to Leona Road

Shoulder Sealing

This project involves restoring the road surface along a five kilometre section of Esk Main Road from Gray Street in Avoca, east to the junction of Esk Main Road and Leona Road.

Esk Main Road is a Category 3 road in the Tasmanian Road Hierarchy. This project forms part of a coordinated, incremental upgrading of the Esk Main Road as a High Productivity Vehicle route and the key corridor connecting the Midland Highway with the east coast of Tasmania.

The Government has allocated $5 million from the Community Roads Program to improve the safety of Esk Main Road.

The work will include:

  • Widening the road to provide two 3.0 metre lanes with 1.0 metre sealed shoulders to meet High Productivity Vehicle requirements.
  • Strengthening the road surface to improve ride quality and reduce future road maintenance costs.
  • Curve widening and upgrading of the safety barriers, where required.
  • Where it is necessary for road safety reasons, the minimum of vegetation will be removed from the roadside reserve.

Photos showing the current condition of the road as at February 2012.

 Current Condition of Esk Main Road  Current Condition of Esk Main Road

An example of how the road will look after the works

An example of how the road will look after the works

 Flyer: Esk Main Road, Avoca to Leona Road, Shoulder Sealing information, (PDF, 61KB)

Current Status

The contract for construction was awarded to Tasmanian based company Venarchie Contracting Pty Ltd.

It is anticipated that construction works will commence on 3 December 2012 and be completed by the end of May 2013, weather permitting.

Strategic Context

The upgrade of Esk Main Road is a continuation of previous works between Leona Road and Ormley Culvert. This project supports the use of the Esk Main Road by High Productivity vehicles and the broader North East Freight Strategy by providing extra road width. The extra width will improve safety and hence the project also aligns with the objectives of the Road Safety Strategy.

Contact Details

For further information about the project please email: dier@dier.tas.gov.au