Joint agreement to boost road freight infrastructure

North-south trucking route between Burnie and Hobart will receive significant boost as part of $3 million investment in Tasmanian bridges

The north-south trucking route between Burnie and Hobart will receive a significant boost as part of a joint-government agreement to spend $3 million strengthening four bridges on the passage.

Minster for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says the improvements are vital to ensuring heavy vehicle safety and maintaining the major freight corridor.

"Upon taking office, the Rudd Labor Government acknowledged the need to upgrade regional roads to cater for more efficient vehicles, such as quad axles," Albanese says.

"Fixing this situation will open more of the State’s road network to heavier trucks- which in turn will improve the productivity of the local trucking industry and over time reduce the number of trucks on the road."

Funding will also be given to bridges on the Midland and Bass highways, including the Macquarie River Bridge, Emu River Bridge, Meander River Bridge and Blythe River Bridge.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Graeme Sturges says the crossings are selected due to their importance to the transport task.

"[The routes] provide access to more efficient heavy vehicles to the Midland Highway between Hobart and Launceston, and the Bass Highway between Launceston and Burnie," Sturges says.

"This joint investment is good news for the Tasmanian economy. It will assist our local trucking operators to move freight around the State quicker and at lower cost."

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