The Australian Government has unlocked federal funding to the tune of $13.38 million to duplicate Evandale Main Road between Launceston Airport and Breadalbane Roundabout.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler, has announced the Morrison Government’s commitment to this important upgrade for drivers in Northern Tasmania.

“As well as duplicating 1.8 kilometres of the Evandale Main Road, this funding will also accelerate upgrades for key intersections and deliver a range of critical safety improvements,” Senator Chandler said.

“The Australian and Tasmanian Governments are working together to deliver better road infrastructure for Tasmanians, and our investments will support local job creation and help lay the economic foundation for recovery following COVID-19,” Senator Chandler said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project was part of more than $873 million allocated under the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.

“Nationwide, ROSI is a $4.6 billion federal investment in key freight roads to ensure they efficiently connect agricultural and mining regions to ports, airports and other transport hubs,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson welcomed the funding, which he said will help ensure construction can get under way by the end of the year.

“Evandale Main Road is a key transport link in the Launceston region, facilitating access to the airport and nearby TRANSlink Industrial Precinct,” Minister Ferguson said.

“This upgrade is an investment not only in the safety of all road users, but also in supporting one of the state’s premier job-creating precincts.”

The project is due for completion in late 2021, weather and construction conditions permitting.

More information about the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative is available at https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/key_projects/initiatives/roads_strategic_importance.aspx.