The need to urgently upgrade the West Tamar Highway was identified by the RACT in its 2018/19 Tasmanian State Budget submission.

Executive general manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott said the RACT welcomed today’s positive announcement as good news for road users.

“While this entire stretch of road has been raised as a concern, the RACT identified an immediate need for funding for the stretch of road between McEwans Road and Atkinsons Road, in particular the southbound lane, in its 2018/19 budget submission,” she said.

“We believe this work should be undertaken as a matter of urgency at the start of any re-elected government term.

“This area is subject to landslip and the road has deteriorated to a point where the gravel on road shoulders has washed away.”

Mrs Pennicott said in the RACT’s annual member survey of almost 7,000 Tasmanians, the RACT identified Tasmania’s worst roads.

“The West Tamar Highway was identified in the top 10 in sixth place following Midland, Bass, Tasman East Coast, Tasman to Sorell and Arthur Highways,” she said.

“We are very pleased that the Hodgman Government has identified these works given the increased number of vehicles that are continuing to use it. “