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?

Vehicle route. 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 Highway is a key freight and passenger route connecting the west and north regions of Tasmania and is critical for the movement of mining product to Burnie Port for export, and to other locations within Tasmania, with the majority of mining freight moved via this road. The roadworks will improve transport efficiency and safety for all road users.

About the project


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).

An image showing the location of the planned works.

Project update March 2019

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

Sections of road north of Pieman Road

Completed sections of the newly improved Murchison Highway between Pieman Road and Farm Creek Bridge, and 3.5 kilometres north of Pieman Road have deteriorated, resulting in a number of pot holes. The damage has been made worse by severe weather conditions over winter.

Repair work to these sections of road started in November 2018. A final seal of the road surface will be applied by the end of March 2019

Changed traffic conditions and speed restrictions will be in place during the works for the safety of workers and road users. Please follow all signs and allow extra time when travelling through the work area.

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

Updated Monday 4 March 2019