Skip to content

Masks are currently mandatory in high-risk and vulnerable settings until further notice. www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/facemasks

Transport Services: visit Home
Close Menu

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.

2Current projects

Gates Road junction improvement

The Gates Road junction improvement project will improve the safety at the junction of the Bass Highway and Gates Road in Boat Harbour.

Works include the installation of a dedicated right turn lane for vehicles entering Gates Road from the east, and a left turn lane for vehicles entering Gates Road from the west.

Gates Road junction improvement– Concept Design plan

Traffic changes

We have started  construction on 13 September 2021 and will be completed by April 2022, weather permitting.

We will be working between 7.00 am and 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday.

There will be a reduced speed limit and lane closure during this work. Please allow up to eight minutes extra travel time.

Dallas Road Junction Upgrade and Overtaking Lane

The Dallas Road overtaking lane and junction improvements project includes the installation of a new east-bound overtaking opportunity on the Bass Highway near Pollards Road in Rocky Cape.

Works also include a safety upgrade to the junction of the Bass Highway and Dallas Road.

The start of the overtaking lane is situated east of Pollards Road and will improve safety for road users by providing an eastbound overtaking lane approximately 600m long, along with upgrades to the Pollards and Dallas Road junctions.

Dallas Road Junction Upgrade and Overtaking Lane – Concept Design plan

Traffic changes

We have started construction on Monday, 8 November 2021 and will be completed by April 2022.

We will be working between 7.00 am and 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday.

There will be a reduced speed limit and lane closure during this work. Please allow up to eight minutes extra travel time.

Myalla Road Junction Upgrade

The Myalla Road junction upgrade project will upgrade the Bass Highway near Myalla Road in Sisters Creek.

Works include the realignment of the highway to improve sub-standard curves and a safety upgrade to the junction of the Bass Highway and Myalla Road.

Myalla Road Junction Upgrade – Concept Design plan

Traffic changes

We have started construction on Monday, 20 September 2021 and will be finished by April 2022.

We will be working between 7.00 am and 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday.

There will be a reduced speed limit and lane closure during this work. Please allow up to eight minutes extra travel time.

Monateric Road Overtaking Lane

The Monateric Road upgrade includes the construction of new east-bound and west-bound overtaking lanes at Monateric Road, Wiltshire.

This will enable vehicles to safely pass slow moving vehicles in either direction.

Monateric Road Overtaking Lane – Concept Design plan

Traffic changes

We have started construction on Friday, 3 December 2021 and will be completed by April 2022.

We will be working between 7.00 am and 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday.

There will be a reduced speed limit and lane closure during this work.  Please allow up to eight minutes extra travel time.

Togari Safety Improvements

The Togari Safety Improvements project will improve the Bass Highway at Togari, between Paceys Road / Parks Road and Salmon River Road.

Works include shoulder widening and pavement rehabilitation between Paceys Road and Salmon River Road, and safety upgrades to the junctions of the Bass Highway with Paceys Road, Parks Road and Salmon River Road.

The project also includes replacement of the Montagu River Bridge.

Salmon River Road to Park/Paceys Road – Concept Design plan

Traffic changes

We have started construction on Monday, 29 November 2021 and will be completed by April 2023.

We will be working between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm from Monday to Friday.

There will be a reduced speed limit and lane closure during this work.  Please allow up to fifteen minutes extra travel time.

Mella Road Junction Upgrade

The Mella Road Junction Upgrade project includes construction of a deceleration and turn lane for eastbound vehicles and a new dedicated right turn lane for westbound vehicles wishing to turn into Mella Road.

Installation of a dedicated right turn lane and deceleration lane will greatly improve safety for road users and improve travel times and safety for drivers, who will no longer be required to slow down or stop for turning vehicles.

Mella Road Junction Upgrade – Concept Design plan

Traffic changes

We have started construction on Monday, 10 January 2022 and will be completed by April 2022.

We will be working between 7.00 am and 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday.

There will be a reduced speed limit and lane closure during this work. Please allow up to eight minutes extra travel time.

3Completed projects

Brittons Swamp and Togari – Shoulder widening and pavement improvements

The first project to be completed as part of the Bass Highway – Wynyard to Marrawah Corridor Strategy was shoulder widening and pavement improvements at Brittons Swamp and Togari.

These works were completed in April 2020.

Boat Harbour Primary School - Improved Turning Facilities

The Bass Highway – Boat Harbour Primary School – Improved Turning Facilities was the second project to be completed as a part of the Bass Highway – Wynyard to Marrawah Corridor Strategy.

As part of this project, 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 improved the safety and efficiency of the Bass Highway for all road users.

This project was completed in December 2020.

4Upcoming projects

East of Tollymore Road realignment and junction upgrade

The East of Tollymore Road Realignment project will improve the section of highway between Baulds Road and Tollymore Road in Table Cape.

This project involves realigning the highway to improve sub-standard curves, and safety upgrades to the junction of the Bass Highway and Tollymore Road.

We expect to start working on this project in May 2022 and should be finished in April 2024.

Tollymore Road realignment – Concept Design plan

*Please note that all of these plans are at concept level and the final design may differ slightly.

Morris Road Realignment

The Morris Road realignment project project will upgrade the section of the Bass Highway between Boat Harbour Siding Road at Boat Harbour and Broomhalls Road at Sisters Creek.

Works include the realignment of the highway to improve sub-standard curves and safety upgrades to the junction of the Bass Highway and Morris Road.

We expect to start working in late 2022 and should finished in late 2023.

Morris Road Realignment – Concept Design plan

*Please note that all of these plans are at concept level and the final design may differ slightly.

Dunn Street Junction Upgrade

The Dunn Street junction upgrade includes alignment improvement and shoulder widening which will improve the junction of the Bass Highway and Dunn Street and improve access to the Crayfish Creek Van and Cabin Park at Crayfish Creek.

This project is in line with feedback received from stakeholders and community regarding the importance of future-proofing the corridor to support business and tourism growth.

We expect to start working in late 2022 and should be finished in early 2023.

*Please note that all of these plans are at concept level and the final design may differ slightly.

6Community engagement

We are currently consulting with nearby landowners and key stakeholders on individual projects, to assist with the development of designs.

We will engage with the wider community before we can deliver the projects.

Previously, 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

7Contact

For further information about these projects, please contact the Community Liaison Officer, Bridget Hickman on 6210 0662 or email participate@ghd.com.