Department of State GrowthTransport

Esk Main Road - Road Reinstatement and Shoulder Widening

The Tasmanian Government has allocated funding for road reinstatement and shoulder widening on Esk Main Road.


The work is to be undertaken on a 3.58 kilometre section of Esk Main Road, from Tullochgorum Creek to west of Mount Foster Road.

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

The key objective of this project is to improve and strengthen the condition of the road surface by removing the existing road surface and replacing this with a new surface.

The work will also 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.

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.


Road works commenced in late November 2017 and are anticipated to be completed by the end of April 2018, weather permitting.

The road works will be performed under an approved Traffic Management Plan by the contractor Shaw Contracting (Aust) Pty Ltd to ensure the least possible disruption to road users.  Speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions will be in place throughout the construction period to ensure a safe work place for construction staff.

Delays to the travelling public can be expected in the vicinity of the construction works for the duration of the project.  Please obey all signs and allow sufficient time for travelling through these work areas.

Completed works

Shoulder sealing and safety improvement work has been undertaken along Esk Main Road over the past five years:

  • from the Midland Highway junction in 2012/13;
  • from Blanchards Creek Culvert to Stynes Creek Bridge in 2014/15;
  • two sections of road from Stynes Creek to St Pauls Bridge and from Killymoon Bridge to St Marys in 2016/17;
  • St Pauls Bridge replacement at Avoca in 2016/17.

Contact Details

For further information about the project please contact the Project Manager, Allan Lee, on 6166 3419 or by email at:

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Updated Wednesday, 22 November 2017