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Safer highway link for the North of Tasmania



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Anthony Albanese MP Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

07 June 2011 AA0102/2011 Joint

Media release issued by Michael Polley MP, State Member for Lyons, and Dick Adams MP, Federal Member for Lyons

Safer Highway Link for the North of Tasmania

Motorists using Illawarra Main Road in northern Tasmania are enjoying the benefits of a recent safety boost, being delivered as part of a $6.2 million upgrade.

Federal Member for Lyons, Dick Adams, representing Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, joined the State Member for Lyons, Michael Polley, on site today to inspect progress on the joint project.

“Despite the recent wet weather the roundabout at Poatina Main Road is complete and works are progressing well on improvements to the safety and overall condition of Illawarra Main Road,” Mr Adams said.

“Illawarra Main Road is a crucial link between the Midland and Bass Highways and for freight moving to and from north-western Tasmania, which supports economic growth across the state.

“The end result of this project will be a quicker and safer journey for the 3,600 plus motorists and truck drivers that use this road daily.”

Mr Polley said the roundabout at Poatina Main Road was a priority for locals concerned about the ‘black spot’ status of the junction.

"The roundabout will reduce crashes in the area by allowing turning traffic to safely negotiate the intersection and access Illawarra Main Road,” Mr Polley said.

“Other works have improved the condition and safety of the road including a new stock underpass to replace two existing stock crossings.

“Further works, starting later this year, will improve the safety of the narrow section of Illawarra Main Road between the Midland and Bass Highways.

“We are determined to deliver this long awaited upgrade as quickly as possible,” Mr Polley said.

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments each contributed $3.1 million to the project.

Media Contacts

( Tasmanian Government Communications Unit )

(03) 6233 6573

URL: http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/aa/releases/2011/June/AA0102_2011.htm