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MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

GILLARD LABOR MAKING THE TASMAN HIGHWAY SAFER

A re-elected Gillard Labor Government will improve access to Hobart’s iconic Tasman Bridge into Rosny by installing new on and off ramps at the intersection between the Tasman and East Derwent highways.

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, today joined Labor Member for Franklin Julie Collins at the Bridge, pledging funding for the project and announcing planning would start as soon as early next year.

“In Tasmania, like elsewhere in the country, our $37 billion Nation Building Program is building the safe, modern and well-planned road infrastructure our economy needs and our community expects,” Anthony Albanese said.

“Already we’ve more than doubled Federal spending on the State’s transport infrastructure. However, we’ve always known it would take more than one or two Parliamentary terms to put right a decade of neglect.

“That’s why even before the current six year capital works program ends we’re planning ahead, with today’s commitment to improve access to and safety around the Tasman Bridge a good example of what’s to come.”

Julie Collins said today’s commitment from Federal Labor was a great win for Hobart and will make sure motorists can get on and off the Tasman Highway safely.

“I have listened to the local community about this interchange and it’s very clear to me that the safety issues around the Tasman Bridge and the Tasman Highway need to be addressed,” Julie Collins said.

“We will now get the detailed planning started to make sure that the design addresses these safety concerns.

“The Tasman Highway on and off ramps will improve safety and help relieve congestion around the Eastern Shore of Hobart.”

Funding for the $2 million commitment to planning work will be fully offset over the forward estimates, consistent with the Gillard Labor Government’s commitment to return the budget to surplus in three years.

Funding for construction of this project will come from Nation Building Program 2, commencing in 2014-15.

HOBART 25 JULY 2010

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