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Tasman Highway and Gladstone Main Road Upgrades

Background Information

The Department of Infrastructure Energy and Resources (DIER) has programmed several road upgrades along the Tasman Highway and Gladstone Main Road.  This $14.4M project is part of the $42M North East Freight Roads program, focussed on improving the safety of the freight road network in the North East of Tasmania.

The Tasman Highway and Gladstone Main Road forms a freight route between agricultural farms, timber plantations and their destination port of Bell Bay.

The project will upgrade the sections of the Tasman Highway and Gladstone Main Road from the townships of Derby through to Herrick.  Upgrade work includes:

  • road widening
  • improved geometry for the safety of all road users; and
  • the inclusion of new school bus bays


The project site is located between Derby and Herrick.  A map of the proposed location and works is provided below:

North East Freight Roads Tasman Highway and Gladstone Main Road Upgrades, (PDF, 1,944KB)


No major delays are envisaged during construction.  Traffic may be reduced to one lane at times under an approved traffic management plan.  Environmental and heritage reporting studies have been completed and submitted as part of the development application for the project.  Some tree removal is required.

Current Status

  • The project is currently in the tendering phase
  • Construction is expected to commence in early 2013

Further Information

Contact road projects at 1800 753 878.