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Upgrade works commence on key Tasmanian freight route

Works to upgrade a key freight link in Tasmania’s west coast have officially kicked off

The federal and Tasmanian governments have announced that works to improve the Zeehan Highway between the Murchison Highway and Henty Road has begun. 

The upgrades form part of a jointly funded initiative by both governments to improve both the Murchison and Zeehan Highways, with the federal government committing $35 million and Tasmania contributing close to $9 million. 

“The federal government is pleased to be contributing funding to this important project for the west coast region of Tasmania which needs more reliable and safer highways, especially for heavy vehicle traffic,” federal transport and infrastructure minister Catherine King says. 

“West coast residents, freight industries and tourists will all greatly benefit for years to come from this work jointly funded by the federal and Tasmanian governments.” 

The upgrades are set to be delivered by Tasmanian company Shaw Contracting who have been awarded a $10.6 million contract.  

The federal government says the works will involve upgrading 4.5kms of the highway to meet modern heavy vehicle standards. 

A further stage will continue the northern upgraded along the Murchison Highway between the Argent and Ring rivers. 

The federal government says these upgrades between Rosebery and Zeehan will also increase freight efficiency, reduce travel times, improve inter-regional connections to and from northern export ports in Tasmania and make the two highways safer. 

“These works are the latest on the Murchison Highway, with the road already progressively upgraded from Belvoir Road south to Sterling River Bridge,” Tasmania transport and infrastructure minister Michael Ferguson says. 

“This investment is crucial to support future increased demand from mining and tourism traffic.” 

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