Department of State GrowthTransport

Murchison Highway - Road Improvements

The Australian and Tasmanian governments have allocated funding to continue upgrading the Murchison Highway under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

Why is the Department of State Growth doing work on this road?

The project involves widening and strengthening the road to more safely cater for heavy vehicle access, as well as improving safety for all road users by installing road safety barriers and improving visibility of oncoming traffic in specific areas.

The Murchison Highway is a key freight and passenger route connecting the west and north regions of Tasmania. It is critical for the movement of freight to Burnie Port for export and to other locations within Tasmania. The majority of mining freight is moved via this road.

The roadworks will improve transport efficiency and make the road safer for all road users.

About the project - August update

The road improvements will take place on a two kilometre section of road, from south of Pieman Road junction to MacKintosh Bridge (see map below).

Works will include road widening and drainage, installation of safety barrier and improved sight distance.

Works are programmed to start in September 2019 and will be completed by February 2020, weather permitting.

An image showing the location of the planned works.

Completed works

These works are a continuation of the road improvements which have previously been undertaken on the following sections of the Murchison Highway:

  • South of Animal Creek
  • Tullah to Cradle Mountain Link Road
  • Rosebery to Sterling River over Mt Black.

Contact details

For further information about the project, please contact the Project Manager, Mary O’Hare, on (03) 6166 3435 or by email