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 forms part of a coordinated upgrading of the Murchison Highway as a High Productivity 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).

Project update December 2018

The project is currently out to tender. Construction will start end of January/early February 2019 and will be completed by the end of March 2019, weather permitting.

Section of road north of Pieman Road

Sections of the newly sealed Murchison Highway between 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 in mid-January 2019.

Changed traffic conditions and speed restrictions will be in place for the duration of the works for the safety of workers and road users. Please follow all signs and allow enough time for 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, Stefano Conforti, on (03) 6166 3379 or by email

A map showing the location of the planned works.

Updated Monday 10 December 2018