Department of State GrowthTransport

Bass Highway – Wynyard to Marrawah – Corridor Strategy

The Department of State Growth has developed a corridor strategy for the Bass Highway between Wynyard and Marrawah.

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About the strategy

The Bass Highway between Wynyard and Marrawah is the 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.

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 proposed projects include new overtaking lanes, junction upgrades and safety improvements, to make the road safer and increase productivity.

The strategy has been developed in consultation with stakeholders and the community. It incorporated a review of current and future road demand, and the highway’s current performance.

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What’s in the strategy?

The Strategy includes new overtaking lanes, junction upgrades, alignment improvements, and shoulder widening projects.

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.

Wynyard to Myalla Road

Montumana Road to Speedwell Road

Port Latta Road to Old Stanley Road

Brooks Road to Schuurings Road

Christmas Hills Road to Rennison Road

Rennison Road to Marrawah


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

Detailed planning for the projects has started, and we are combining projects where they are close by to deliver a more efficient and cost effective program.

Delivery will also depend on available resources, unforeseen constraints, and whether other more urgent projects come up.

Next steps

Shoulder widening and pavement improvements have started and are expected to be completed in early 2020 along two sections of the Bass Highway at Brittons Swamp and Togari.

The Boat Harbour Primary School Improved Turning Facilities project is expected to start construction in 2020.

Community engagement

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

Previous 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 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

20 Feb 2020