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Major East Tamar Highway upgrade complete

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

07 June 2011 AA0101/2011 Joint

Media release issued by David O'Byrne MP, Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure, and Geoff Lyons MP, Federal Member for Bass

Major East Tamar Highway Upgrade Complete

A major milestone in the modernisation of Tasmania’s roads has been reached with the completion of the $82 million East Tamar Highway upgrade between Launceston and Bell Bay.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure, David O’Byrne, was joined on site today by Federal Member for Bass, Geoff Lyons, to open the final stage of the upgrade - the $44 million Dilston Bypass.

“The federally-funded Dilston Bypass has delivered nearly two kilometres of dual carriageway and seven kilometres of three-lane highway, as well as replacing the existing Barnards Creek Bridge with a new four-lane bridge,” Mr O’Byrne said.

Mr O’Byrne said the Tasmanian Government had successfully negotiated changes to the Dilston Bypass after concerns were raised by the Launceston community.

“As a result the new road is representative of best practice and has a number of features in line with the State’s Road Safety Strategy which have benefits for all road users.

“There is a southbound underpass ramp on the southern junction and fog detection speed reduction signs for the northern ‘seagull’ junction.

“A weather station is also planned for the northern junction to automatically adjust the speed limit according to the weather conditions.

“In addition to these changes, the Dilston Bypass also has approximately 9km of flexible safety barrier, to minimise the risk of head on or loss of control crashes and a 2 metre sealed shoulder,” Mr O’Byrne said

The Federal Member for Bass, Geoff Lyons, said this upgrade would provide long term benefits for motorists and the local community.

“This project will benefit more than 6000 motorists, including around 700 heavy vehicles, who use this stretch of road daily and improve access to the busy port of Bell

Bay for freight.

“The Dilston Bypass completes the East Tamar Highway upgrade between Launceston and Bell Bay, which has delivered a safer, better highway for locals and visitors.”

The Australian Government contributed $60 million to the project with the Tasmanian Government funding $22 million.

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