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About the Projects

The Bass Highway between Wynyard and Marrawah is a key link for freight, tourism and people movement between the far north west of Tasmania and the key ports of Burnie and Devonport and further to Launceston and Hobart.

A strategy has been completed in consultation with stakeholders and the community. It incorporated a review of current and future road demand, and the highway’s current performance.  From this strategy we have prioritised projects for implementation.

The proposed projects for implementation include new overtaking lanes, junction upgrades and safety improvements, to make the road safer, improve travel time, and support growth by providing a quality transport corridor.

1About the Strategy

The Bass Highway - Wynyard to Marrawah Corridor Strategy is an evidence-based plan to address current and future transport needs, with a prioritised list of improvement projects for the next 20 years.

The top priorities identified include:

  • four new overtaking lanes
  • 10 sections of road to be realigned, with potential for realigning an additional five sections
  • 15 junction upgrades with plans for upgrading an additional 51 junctions
  • up to 60 km of shoulder widening with 25 km identified as a high priority.

View maps of the improvements projects below.

2Implementation

We’ve put together a list of high and medium priority projects, and expect to deliver them over the next three years.

We are combining projects to deliver a more efficient and cost effective program.

The first package of works has been identified for delivery 2020/2021. This includes:

  • Gates Road junction improvements
  • Myalla Road realigment and junction improvements
  • Dallas Road overtaking lane and junction improvements
  • Speedwell Road junction, alignment improvement and shoulder widening
  • Monateric Road overtaking lane and junction improvements
  • Mella Road junction improvements

These projects have been packaged together, to go out to tender for detailed design and construction.

Roll Plan  - 2020/2021 projects

Shoulder widening and pavement improvements at Brittons Swamp and Togari were completed in April 2020.  These are the first projects to be delivered under the Bass Highway – Wynyard to Marrawah program.

3Current situation

Boat Harbour Primary School - Improved Turning Facilities

We added right-turn facilities on the Bass Highway to provide safer access to and from Boat Harbour Primary School, Dobsons Lane, Fists Lane and the Boat Harbour store for the local community, and improve the safety and efficiency of the Bass Highway for all road users.

Construction was completed in December 2020 and was the first project to be completed as a part of the Bass Highway – Wynyard to Marrawah Corridor Strategy.

A further six projects are scheduled to be constructed in 2021.

4Community engagement

We will consult with the community and stakeholders on individual junction upgrade, overtaking lanes and road realignments projects as detailed designs are developed and prior to the projects being delivered.

Previous community engagement

We asked the community to tell us their concerns or make suggestions about this section of the highway. The consultation period closed on Friday, 7 June 2019. We received 239 pieces of feedback from the community, through comments left on our online interactive map and Facebook page, completed feedback forms, emails and phone calls.

The working group included representatives from Waratah-Wynyard and Circular Head Councils, Cradle Coast Authority, Tasmanian Transport Association, RACT and the Department of State Growth.

We have completed a report collating all the feedback received during the consultation period, and our response to that feedback: Consultation and Feedback Report - Bass Highway Wynyard to Marrawah