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Community and West Coast Road Programs

The Tasmanian Government is committed to improving regional roads by investing over $90 million in a Community Roads package of works and $21 million on the Murchison Highway. Tasmania's transport infrastructure is something we all rely on. The Community Roads Package helps communities stay connected and supports jobs in regional Tasmania. Good community roads are the lifeblood of many regional communities. They help support our tourism, agriculture, mining, forest and fishing industries.

Below is a list of the projects and a brief description along with proposed timings for construction and estimated cost. Projects are listed in alphabetical order.
 

ARTHUR HIGHWAY

Scope of works

Three projects have been identified that address poor geometry, crash records and the need for overtaking. These three projects are:

  • North of Murdunna - The section of the Arthur Highway between Dunalley Beach and Murdunna was identified as having very poor horizontal and vertical geometry with a poor crash record. The works propose to eliminate the deficient horizontal and vertical curve and provide 3.0 metre travel lanes (plus 1.0 metre sealed shoulders). The work extends for a distance of 2,465 metres.
  • South of Murdunna - The section of the Arthur Highway south of Murdunna has two substandard horizontal curves and a crash cluster likely associated with the differential curve radius in the southbound direction. The works propose to straighten out this section of the Tasman Highway and provide 3.0 metre travel lanes (plus 1.0 metre sealed shoulders). The work extends for a distance of 1,360 metres.
  • South of Taranna - The section of the Arthur Highway south of the Nubeena turn-off was identified to contain sag vertical curve that reduces the available sight distance through this section and eliminates overtaking opportunities. The works propose to remove the sag vertical curve to provide an overtaking opportunity. The work extends for a distance of 1,870 metres.

Strategic Context

North of Murdunna and south of Taranna were broadly announced as an election commitment. South of Murdunna was identified following consultation with local government and further crash analysis. The three projects will be delivered as part of the Community Roads Program package of projects ? a key activity emerging from the Tasmanian Infrastructure Strategy. The proposed works are aligned with the objectives of the Southern Integrated Transport Plan.

Timing

The three sections are intended to be advertised as part of a package of works in July 2013 with works due to be completed by May 2015.

Cost

The total project value is $18 million.

BASS HIGHWAY, MERSEY MAIN ROAD JUNCTION - COMPLETE

Scope of Works

The objective of the project was to modernise and simplify the junction of the Mersey Main Road with the Bass Highway in order to improve safety for all traffic at the junction.

Timing

This project was completed in July 2012.

Cost

This project was completed for $1.5 million, achieving a saving of $1 million.

BASS HIGHWAY, STANLEY JUNCTION

Scope of Works

Junction upgrades comprising extension of right turn lanes and some minor changes to channelisation and linemarking will be delivered.  These upgrades will improve holding capacity for vehicles turning right into  Stanley.  Junction upgrades at Mawbanna Road will also be included with this project.

Timing

It is anticipated works will be tendered in August 2013 with construction completed by March 2014.

Cost

The total budget allocation for this project is $1.5 million.

BELL BAY MAIN ROAD

Scope of Works

Junction upgrades with Mobil Road and Temco Road will be undertaken to improve delineation and channelisation for turning vehicles.

Timing

It is anticipated works will occur in the summer of 2013-14.

Cost

The total budget allocation for this project is $1 million.

COLEBROOK MAIN ROAD, RICHMOND LINK ROAD

Scope of Works

The project involves constructing a Heavy Vehicle Link Road on the western side of the Richmond village between Middle Tea Tree Road and the Richmond Recreation Ground.

Objective

The construction of the heavy vehicle link road will take heavy vehicles travelling north / south, where Richmond is not the final destination, out of Richmond the town centre.  When completed, the Link Road will improve the amenity of the historic village area for residents, business owners and tourists

Timing

It is anticipated works will be tendered in August 2013 with construction completed by June 2014.

Cost

The total budget allocation for this project is $6 million.

ESK MAIN ROAD

Scope of Works

This project involves the upgrade of approximately 4.82 km of Esk Main Road from Churchill Street, 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. The project comprises cross section improvements to provide consistency with previous projects between Leona Road and Tullochgorum Creek, and pavement strengthening.

Objective

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 width for high productivity vehicles. The extra width will improve safety and hence the project also aligns with the objectives of the Road Safety Strategy.

Timing

The project is due to be tendered in September 2012 and works completed by June 2013.

Cost

The total budget allocation for this project is $5 million.

FERRY ROAD ? Road Works

Scope of Works

The project will provide a third lane on the northern side of the existing road for almost the entire length of the road. This lane would be utilised as a queuing area for ferry traffic as well as a secondary role of on-street parking during non-peak times.

A roundabout at the Ferry Terminal will allow school buses to perform a U-turn without reversing in a location where pedestrians are often congregated waiting for the ferry. The project aims to further increase the safety of pedestrians by the provision of a footpath on the southern side of the road, from the ferry terminal to Corbys Road on the Channel Highway.

The road lanes will be 3.0 m wide, with the queuing lane being narrower at 2.3m; the footpath will be 1.35m wide. The Kingborough Council will assume maintenance of the road sides once the project is complete.

Strategic Context

The project implements the State Government commitments to the Kingborough Council?s Ferry Road ? Little Oyster Cove Precinct Plan, 2009, specifically the commitment to:
•    upgrade Ferry Main Road to a contemporary standard; and
•    manage ferry traffic.

The project broadly aligns with key principles identified in the Southern Integrated Transport Plan including, improving the road environment to better allow interaction between different road user groups and improving safety for vulnerable users.

The project also supports the Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy by establishing higher standards of delineation and providing safer road side areas.

Timing

The project is due to be tendered in December 2012 and works completed by June 2014.

Cost

The total budget allocation for this project is $7 million.

FERRY MAIN ROAD, WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT - COMPLETE

Scope of Works

This project involved the construction of a Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) to cater for sewage from the toilets at the Bruny Island Ferry terminal and future developments on the Oyster Cove Inn Site.

Timing

This project was completed in September 2011.

Cost

$1 million.

HUON HIGHWAY

Scope of Works

Following further consultation with the community and the Huon Valley Council the original planned works of overtaking lanes at Sommers Straight between Huonville and Geeveston and slow vehicle turnouts between Geeveston and Dover has now been placed on hold. Shoulder sealing works at South Franklin between Braeside Road and Fluertys Road and pavement reconstruction and resurfacing through Huonville between Shield Street and the bridge will proceed.

A series of focus groups have now been completed with the aim of identifying projects for the short, medium and long term. Following the receipt of this report further consultation will occur based on the delivery of priority projects.

Cost

The total budget allocation for this project is $8 million

LAKE SECONDARY ROAD - COMPLETE

Scope of Works

This project involves sealing four unsealed sections, totalling 3.1 km of the Lake Secondary Road adjacent to the shack areas south of Breona to provide 7km of continuous sealed pavement. Works include granular overlays and provision of new sprayed seal surfaces.

Timing

Works were completed in March 2012.

Cost

This project was completed for $2 million, achieving a saving of $500,000.

MUD WALLS SECONDARY ROAD

Scope of Works

This project involves the widening and strengthening of approximately 10.2 km of road at the northern end of Mud Walls Secondary Road, located in the Coal River Valley in the municipality of Southern Midlands. The project extends from the existing railway crossing just north of Colebrook to the Ringwood Creek culvert.

Objective

To improve serviceability for road users and minimise asset preservation cost by upgrading the road standard to a level consistent with its strategic importance. Improvements generally involve pavement widening and strengthening, shoulder sealing, minor safety and drainage improvements.

Timing

This project is currently in construction with works due to be completed by May 2013.

Cost

The total project value is $8 million.

MURCHISON HIGHWAY

Scope of Works

This project consists of proposed improvements to selected sections of the road between Rosebery and Cradle Mountain Link Road (Belvoir Rd). The proposed upgrades can be segregated into two distinct sections:

  • Rosebery to Sterling River (Mt Black); and
  • Anthony Main Road to Cradle Mountain Link Road

Objective

The Murchison Highway forms one of the major transport corridors linking industry on the West Coast to Burnie Port. Maintaining and extending High Productivity Vehicle (HPV) routes and ensuring roads can support future growth is important for industry on the West Coast.

Timing

The first section of works between Rosebery to Sterling River (Mt Black) are due to be tendered in October 2012 with works to be completed by May 2014. The second section of works between Anthony Main Road to Cradle Mountain Link Road is due to be tendered in February 2013 with completed to be completed by May 2015.

Cost

Total funding available for this project is $21 million.

RIDGLEY MAIN ROAD - COMPLETE

Scope of Works

This project consists of carriage widening, pavement strengthening, drainage and safety improvements to two sections of the Ridgley Highway, totalling 3.33km. The first section extends southwards from Old Surrey Road to Cascade Road, a distance of 1.58km. The second section extends south from Mooreville Road at Ridgley to near Metaira Road, a distance of 1.75km.

Timing

This project was completed in April 2012.

Cost

This project was completed for $3.5 million, achieving a saving of $500,000.

ROKEBY MAIN ROAD, OCEANA DRIVE TO PASS ROAD

Scope of Works

Stage 1 Buckingham Drive to Diosma Street works include:

  • upgrading of approximately 1.04 km of Rokeby Main Road from Buckingham Drive to Diosma Street including improvement to the road geometry and constructing four lanes with a median barrier from east of Buckingham to Diosma Street
  • upgrade of the Pass Road intersection and providing a connection to Tollard Drive including the installation of traffic signals
  • street lighting at the new intersection
  • improved bus stops
  • provision of a shared pedestrian/cyclist path will be built between Buckingham Drive and Grange Road West. This will complete the link from Howrah to Rokeby.


Stage 2 Oceana Drive to Buckingham Drive proposed works are currently unfunded.

Objective

The project is aligned with the objectives of the Southern Integrated Transport Plan and follows the broad outline of the recommendations of the Clarence Plains Outline Development Plan 2007 (the Plan). The key recommendation of the Plan was to progress the future upgrading of the road corridor from Oceana Drive to the Police Academy at Rokeby on the existing alignment rather than adopting the bypass of Rokeby developed in the 1970s.

Timing

The project is due to be tendered in March 2013 and works completed by May 2015.

Cost

The total budget allocation is $14 million with $12 million from the Community Roads Program and $2 million from other sources.


ESPLANADE, STRAHAN - COMPLETE

Scope of Works

This was a direct contribution to the West Coast Council for beautification works to the Esplanade through Strahan.

Cost

Funding of $600,000 was provided directly to the West Coast Council.

TASMAN HIGHWAY, COLES BAY JUNCTION - COMPLETE

Scope of Works

Construct a right turn junction treatment for northbound traffic on the Tasman Highway turning on to Coles Bay Tourist Road with the intent of making the junction easier and safer to use.

Timing

This project was completed in March 2012.

Cost

The project was delivered for $250,000, achieving a saving of $50,000.

TASMAN HIGHWAY, SCOTTSDALE TO LAUNCESTON

Scope of Works

This project involves the upgrading of approximately 1.92 km of the Tasman Highway from Minstone Road, Scottsdale to the junction of Tasman Highway and Sledge Track. The project comprises cross section improvements to provide consistency with previously undertaken projects between Scottsdale and Launceston and pavement strengthening.

Objective

The extra width will improve safety, aligning the project with the objectives of the Road Safety Strategy.

Timing

The project is due to be tendered in June 2013 and works completed by May 2015.

Cost

The total budget allocation is $4 million.

WEST TAMAR HIGHWAY, CORMISTON ROAD TRAFFIC SIGNALS - COMPLETE

Scope of Works

Traffic signals were installed at the junction of Cormiston Road and the West Tamar Highway in response to a poor crash history.

Timing

These works were completed in July 2012.

Cost

The total project cost was $300,000.

WESTBURY INDUSTRIAL PARK ACCESS - COMPLETE

Scope of Works

Meander Valley Council received funding from the State Government towards the development of a Trans Central Transport and Industrial Hub on Birralee Road, Westbury. The project established an industrial/transport precinct to provide a diverse range of industry development and enabled Meander Valley Council to leverage off the previous investment by the State Government in the areas of water, optic fibre and natural gas infrastructure.

Cost

Funding of $500,000 was provided directly to the Meander Valley Council

WEST TAMAR HIGHWAY, BRADY?S LOOKOUT

Scope of Works

The aim of this project is to widen the carriageway to provide for a 1.8m wide painted median with wire rope safety fencing, separating the northbound and southbound travelling lanes, with the length of project being approximately 2.9km.

Objective

To improve safety by preventing head on crashes and reducing the severity of loss of control crashes.

Timing

The project was tendered in June 2012 and works are due to be completed by October 2013.

Cost

The total budget allocation is $9 million.

WEST TAMAR HIGHWAY, ECCLESTONE ROAD TRAFFIC SIGNALS - COMPLETE

Scope of Works

The West Tamar Council received funding from the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program to construct a multipurpose community, leisure and well-being centre to support the West Tamar Municipality. The site now occupies what use to be the football grounds and a formalised access point was established from the West Tamar Highway at the Ecclestone Road junction. This involved changing the junction from a three leg to four leg access and adding an additional set of traffic signals to support this.

Timing

This project was completed in July 2012.

Cost

This was a direct contribution to the West Tamar Council of $180,000.