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$605 million Midland Highway upgrades near completion

40 kilometres of road upgrades on Tasmania’s Midland Highway have been completed between Hobart and Launceston as a part of a $605 million package of works for the major freight route.

The works are part of the Midland Highway Action Plan, which is now nearing its end. Works were recently completed near Ross in February, Oatlands in March and, just recently, between Conara and Epping Forest.

There is now only a 10-kilometre section between Campbell Town and Conara remaining to work on across the 153km total.

Midland Highway will be raised to a national safety rating of three stars to support the 110km/h speed limit.

“We know delays and speed restrictions due to major highway upgrades can be frustrating but drivers are now seeing the benefit these works bring,” said Tasmanian infrastructure minister Michael Ferguson.

“This is a prime example of the generational improvements to infrastructure the Tasmanian government is pursuing.”

The upgrades have included highway widening, extensive use of safety barriers along the side of the highway and down the centre, and more safe overtaking opportunities through dedicated lanes.

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