Department of State GrowthTransport

Esk Main Road - Shoulder Sealing

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments have allocated funding for safety upgrades on two sections of Esk Main Road between Fingal and St Marys.

About the Project

The work involves widening and sealing the road shoulder along two sections of road between Fingal and St Marys, over a total length of about 11.5 kilometres.

The work will make the road safer for all road users by providing wider sealed shoulders and reflective pavement markers. Sealed shoulders reduce loss-of-control crashes by providing additional sealed surface, which helps a driver recover control of their vehicle if they drift out of their traffic lane and on to the shoulder.

Construction will start in late October 2019 and is expected to be complete by May 2020, weather permitting.

We will be working between 6:30 am and 5:30 pm Monday to Friday, and on some Saturdays if required.

This is part of a coordinated set of works to upgrade Esk Main Road as a High Productivity Vehicle route, and the key corridor connecting the Midland Highway with the east coast of Tasmania.

Traffic changes

There will be single lane closures and a reduced speed limit during the works, to keep our workers and all road users safe.

Road users should allow up to 15 minutes extra if travelling through the work site.

Please keep to speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.


  • Tender advertised: July 2019
  • Start of works: Late October 2019
  • Completion of works: by May 2020

Completed works

Shoulder sealing and safety improvements have occurred along Esk Main Road over the past seven years;

  • from west of Mount Foster Road to west of MacGregor Street in Fingal in 2018/19
  • from Tullochgorum Creek to west of Mount Foster Road in 2017/18
  • 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
  • from Blanchards Creek Culvert to Stynes Creek Bridge in 2014/15, and
  • from the Midland Highway junction in 2012/13.

Contact details

For more information about the project please contact Pitt & Sherry Project Manager, David Hugo, on 6323 1900 or by email:

25 Oct 2019 11:26am