Department of State GrowthTransport

Esk Main Road - Road Reinstatement and Shoulder Widening

The Tasmanian Government has allocated funding for road reinstatement and shoulder widening on Esk Main Road.

We will also be doing slip and bank stabilisation work along Esk Main Road from Tullochgorum Creek to Mount Foster Road.

About the Project


The road reinstatement and shoulder widening work will take place on a 2.6 kilometre section of Esk Main Road, from west of Mount Foster Road to west of MacGregor Street in Fingal (see map below).

The slip and bank stabilisation works will take place along Esk Main Road from Tullochgorum Creek to Mount Foster Road.

Road reinstatement and shoulder widening

We are doing this work to improve and strengthen the condition of the road surface, by removing the existing road surface and replacing it with a new one.

It 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.

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.

Slip and bank stabilisation works

Slip and bank stabilisation work will be occurring along Esk Main Road from Tullochgorum Creek to Mount Foster Road.

During these works we will remove loose rock and add slope protection such as rock catch fences and mesh. The work will reduce the potential for future rock falls.

Construction dates

Road works will start in early January 2019 and be completed by the end of April 2019, weather permitting.

Traffic management

The road works will be performed under an approved Traffic Management Plan by Shaw Contracting (Aust) Pty Ltd, to ensure the least possible disruption to road users.

To keep road users and construction staff safe, speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions will be in place throughout the construction period.

Road users can expect delays when travelling through the construction site during the project, and should allow extra time when travelling through the work area.  Please obey all traffic signs and follow the directions of traffic controllers.


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A location map showing where the work will take place

Completed works

Shoulder sealing and safety improvement work has occurred along Esk Main Road over the past six years;

  • 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 Shaw Contracting Project Manager, Reg Waters, on 0408515157 or by email at:

Updated Tuesday, 18 December 2018.