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 Programme.


This stage of work is located over a ten kilometre section of road north of the Tullah township, north of Pieman Road junction, to south of Animal Creek. These works are in four sections, separated by works which were carried out under previous upgrades.

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 pavement strengthening of the road to cater for heavy vehicle access, as well as improving safety for all road users by installing road safety barriers and providing additional sight distance 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.

Scope of works

The scope of works for this stage is similar to the work recently completed and will involve:

  • targeted widening of narrower sections of road;
  • improved sight distances;
  • horizontal and vertical curve improvements;
  • shoulder sealing and pavement strengthening; and
  • upgrading safety barriers where necessary.

Construction update 3 August 2018

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 recent severe weather conditions.

The road will be maintained in a safe condition for all road users until the contractor can undertake more significant repairs in spring.

To make sure all road users are safe, appropriate traffic management, including reduced speed limits and message boards are in place.

Road users are asked to always drive to the conditions, and follow any directions given by traffic controllers.

Completed works

Upgrades to the following sections of the Murchison Highway have been completed and delivered under the Roads for our Future program:

  • South of Animal Creek;
  • Tullah to Cradle Mountain Link Road; and
  • 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

Updated Friday, 3 August 2018.