The RACT has welcomed the inclusion of a number of road infrastructure projects to address improvements on Tasmanian roads in this year’s State Budget.

RACT executive general manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott said she was pleased to see key election infrastructure commitments were delivered in the 2018/19 State Budget, although delivery of a long-term Hobart congestion solution appeared to be some time away.

“RACT is thrilled to see the combined commitment by both Federal and State Governments to deliver a new Bridgewater Bridge by 2024,” she said.

“RACT has advocated for the delivery of this key piece of infrastructure for many years and it is fantastic to see a clear timetable for delivery.

“We are also pleased to see that this budget addresses a large number of RACT’s road infrastructure priorities.”

RACT priorities are developed using a range of statistical and qualitative data, including feedback from our 188,000 members across Tasmania and input from our regional advisory groups in the south, north and north-west.

Mrs Pennicott said the significant investment in funding these road improvements was a big win for Tasmanian motorists.

RACT priorities that received funding in this budget include:

  • A replacement Bridgewater Bridge.
  • Planning for upgrades on the Bass Highway between Deloraine and Latrobe.
  • Continuation of works to improve Wynyard intersections on the Bass Highway.
  • Bass Highway improvements from Wynyard to Marrawah.
  • Funding for the eastern approach to Hobart, including airport upgrades, Midway Point intersection, Tasman Highway between Tasmania Golf Club and Hobart Airport and Arthur Highway improvements.
  • Sealing of Hastings Caves Road and Main Road, Bruny Island.
  • Safety upgrades on the Tasman Highway at Eaglehawk Neck.
  • Reconstruction and widening of the West Tamar Highway between the intersections of Atkinson’s Road and Waldhorn Drive.
  • Huon Highway / Sandfly Junction improvements.
  • Funding toward short-term improvements and planning for Hobart traffic congestion.

Mrs Pennicott said the RACT was also pleased to see funding for a Launceston and Tamar Valley Traffic Vision, upgrades on the Bass Highway at Leith Road and improvements to Henty Main Road on the west coast.

“It is particularly pleasing to note the level of investment on the north west coast, including the significant works on the Bass Highway, which has been a priority for the RACT for some time,” she said.

“These infrastructure works, in all parts of the state, are critical if we want to create the safest road environment possible.”

“RACT has also been lobbying the government for increased electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the state and is pleased to see a continued commitment to the Electric Vehicle Charging Partnership that will deliver fast charging stations across Tasmania.”

Mrs Pennicott said funding for Hobart congestion issues would address a number of short term improvements with a total of $30.8 million committed through to 2021-22.

“Of this amount, $3.325 million will be delivered in 2018-19 to address short term measures, such as improvements to key inner transport access points and bus priority measures,” she said.

“Other initiatives funded through to 2021-22 include initial assessment and works on the Southern Outlet.

“However, delivery of key long-term measures look to be coming post 2021-22.

“While planning for a number of projects has been funded, no significant works will commence in the near to medium timeframe.”