Department of State GrowthTransport

Murchison Highway โ€“ Anthony Road to Cradle Mountain Road - Road Improvements

The Australian and Tasmanian governments have allocated funding to continue upgrading the Murchison Highway under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.


This stage of work is located north of Tullah (just north of Pieman Road junction) to south of Animal Creek for approximately 5.0 km of road. The project involves widening and pavement strengthening of the road to cater for heavy vehicle access, as well as improving safety for all road users by installing road safety barriers and providing additional sight distance in specific areas. These works are in four sections, separated by works which were carried out under previous upgrades.  These are detailed in the Locality Map below.

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

The project forms part of a coordinated upgrading of the Murchison Highway as a High Productivity Vehicle route. The road works will improve transport efficiency and safety for all road users.

The Highway is a key freight and passenger route connecting the west and north regions of Tasmania and is critical for the movement of mining product to Burnie Port for export, and to other locations within Tasmania, with the majority of mining freight moved via this road.

Scope of works

The scope of works for this stage is similar to the work recently completed and will involve:

  • targeted widening of narrower sections of road;
  • improved sight distances;
  • horizontal and vertical curve improvements;
  • shoulder sealing and pavement strengthening; and
  • upgrading safety barriers where necessary.

Construction - update  August 2017

Road works have been progressing since December 2016 and have now ceased over the winter period. The roadworks will be undertaken over two summers due to the short construction season and changeable weather conditions on the west coast. Work will resume in summer 2017/18 and be completed by May 2018.

The road works will be performed under an approved traffic management plan by the contractor.  Reduced speed limits at the work site are necessary for the safety of the construction staff and the travelling public, so please slow down, approach the work site with caution and follow all traffic control instructions.

The Department of State Growth awarded the contract for construction to Tasmanian based contractor VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd.

Construction photos 31/03/17

Completed works

Upgrades to the following sections of the Murchison Highway have been completed and delivered under the Roads for our Future program:

  • South of Animal Creek;
  • Tullah to Cradle Mountain Link Road; and
  • Rosebery to Sterling River over Mt Black.

Contact details

For further information about the project, please contact the Project Manager, Greg Fox, by email at

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Murchison Highway Improvements Stage Map June 2016

Updated Friday, 11 August 2017