Apr 20, 2009

Major upgrade ahead for Lyell Highway junction

Major upgrade ahead for Lyell Highway junction

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 20 2009

Work will begin towards the end of April on an upgrade of a major Southern Tasmanian road and rail crossing point – the junction of the Midland and Lyell Highways at Granton, just south of the Bridgewater Bridge.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, and the Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure, Graeme Sturges, today jointly announced the award of the contract for the work to Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd.

The upgrade of the junction at Midland and Lyell Highways is part of a $14 million package of works which will include the refurbishment of the Bridgewater Bridge. The full funding for this project is being provided by the Rudd Labor Government.

“This project is part of our nation building plan to support local economies during the current global economic recession,” said Mr Albanese.

“This project is an important safety initiative at a major junction connecting Southern Tasmania with New Norfolk and the West Coast and Brighton along the Midland Highway.

“It will provide a single-lane roundabout and upgrading of the Forest Road junction to the west – a site with a history of crashes. The works will also involve the relocation of the existing rail crossing lights.

“This project is part of the unprecedented investment being made by the Rudd Labor Government in Tasmania’s road and rail networks – some $800 million over six years.”

The Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure, Graeme Sturges, said the safe removal of underground fuel tanks from a long disused service station near the highway junction has now been completed and construction work is ready to get underway.

“This project is one element in a comprehensive plan to upgrade the northern approaches to Hobart,” he said.

“It also includes the $243 million Brighton Bypass and Transport Hub, the refurbishment of the existing Bridgewater Bridge and planning for a new Bridgewater Bridge and Bagdad Bypass.

“These projects represent the biggest single improvement in land transport ever undertaken in Tasmania,” Mr Sturges said.