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

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.

Update April 2020

Works started in September 2019. A 250 metre section of highway could not be sealed due to wet weather conditions between January and April 2020. This section of highway will remain unsealed during winter, because resealing the road on wet gravel would result in the seal failing due to too much moisture.

We will finish sealing this section over a three week period in late-2020, when the weather is drier and warmer.

For safety reasons the 250 metre unsealed section of road will remain reduced to 40 km/h.

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