Federal funding approved for Bass Highway safety upgrades


- Four dangerous intersections to be upgraded near Wynyard
- Improvements to include a new roundabout, traffic islands, line marking and signage

- $2.87 million project funded by Australian and Tasmanian governments


Four intersections on the Bass Highway near Wynyard will soon get safety facelifts, with the Australian Government approving $2.3 million towards a joint project with the Tasmanian Government.


Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government was committed to improving road safety across Tasmania.


“These upgrades will include a new roundabout, traffic islands, line marking and signage, along with closing the Wilkinson Road junction entirely. Making these improvements is going to help build a safer Bass Highway for all motorists,” Mr Chester said.


Tasmanian Liberal Senator Stephen Parry said there had been one fatal and two serious crashes since 2004 at the Calder Road – York Street junction alone.


“A new roundabout will be built at the Calder Road – York Street junction to cut the number of crashes involving crossing or turning traffic,” Senator Parry said.


“Line marking and traffic island changes will restrict the Inglis Street intersection to left turns in and out of the side street only, thereby greatly improving safety. Safety will also be increased at the Deep Creek Road junction through improved signage and line marking.


“This section of the Bass Highway has a chequered safety record at these intersections, and caters for high freight volumes as well as access to properties and industrial areas.


“It’s great to see a range of safety upgrades being funded through this joint project, and we are looking forward to having the nearby intersection at Reservoir Drive upgraded through our Black Spot Programme.”


Works are expected to start in late 2017 and be completed by mid-2018. The Australian Government has committed $2.3 million and the Tasmanian Government $570,000 to the $2.87 million project.

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