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Esk Main Road - Shoulder Sealing

The Tasmanian Government has allocated funding for shoulder sealing and line marking work to be undertaken on Esk Main Road.

Location

The work is located on two sections of Esk Main Road - from Stynes Creek Bridge for approximately 1.2 km heading towards St Pauls Bridge; and from Killymoon Bridge for approximately 5.0 km heading towards the St Marys township.

Location map Esk Main Road Stynes Creek Bridge to Avoca section

Location map Esk Main Road Stynes Creek Bridge to Avoca section (PDF)

Location map for Esk Main Road Killymoon Bridge to St Marys Section

Location map for Esk Main Road Killymoon Bridge to St Marys Section (PDF)

Why is the Department of State Growth doing work on this road?

The Tasmanian Government is committed to implementing the ‘Safe System’ approach to road safety in accordance with its Towards Zero safety strategy and one of the four cornerstones of the Safe System is ‘Safe Roads and Roadsides’ which means designing and maintaining roads and road corridors to reduce both the risk and severity of crashes.

This project forms part of a coordinated upgrading of Esk Main Road as a High Productivity Vehicle route and the key corridor connecting the Midland Highway with the east coast of Tasmania.

The key objective of this project is to improve safety for all road users through the provision of wider sealed shoulders and reflective pavement markers.  Sealed shoulders reduce loss-of-control crashes by providing additional sealed surface for a driver to recover control of their vehicle if they drift out of their traffic lane.

St Pauls Bridge at Avoca was recently replaced and sections of Esk Main Road have been upgraded in the past five years with work continuing over the next three years.

Construction update - 29 June 2017

Road works commenced in January 2017 by Tasmanian based contractor Shaw Contracting (Aust) Pty Ltd.

Shoulder sealing work has been completed on the section of Esk Main Road from Stynes Creek Bridge heading towards St Pauls Bridge.

Further work is being undertaken on the section from Killymoon Bridge heading towards St Marys and it is anticipated this will be completed in July 2017.

Once the new shoulder treatments have settled, a final seal and line marking with reflective pavement markers will be installed over the 2017/18 summer season.

Reduced speed limits at the work site are necessary for the safety of workers and the travelling public, so please slow down, approach the work site with caution and follow all traffic control instructions.

Funding

The safety improvements in the section from Stynes Creek Bridge heading towards St Pauls Bridge is funded from the Road Safety Levy program.

The section from Killymoon Bridge towards St Marys is being funded from the State Government’s Roads for our Future program.

Contact Details

For further information about the project please contact the Project Manager, Allan Lee, on 6166 3419 or by email at: info@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

Updated Thursday, 29 June 2017