Two new overtaking lanes will be the feature of new improvements along the Tasman Highway between Scottsdale and Branxholm.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson, has signed a contract with Launceston-based construction company Shaw Contracting and work is expected to start in the coming weeks.
“The improvements, which are part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s $4 million Dorset Roads Package, will include new passing opportunities in each direction,” Mr Ferguson said.
“People in my community of the North East have been asking for overtaking opportunities on this important route, and I’m pleased to answer the call.
“The upgrades will improve road safety, reduce traffic flow restrictions, and provide more reliable travel times on the Tasman Highway between Branxholm and Scottsdale.
“They include construction of an overtaking lane for eastbound traffic near Rocky Gully and another for westbound traffic near Billycock Hill.
“The improvements follow extensive consultation with the Dorset community and the Council.
“They will contribute to making transport in the North East safer and more efficient, providing benefits to residents, freight operators and businesses and the growing tourism industry in the region.”