The $12 million West Tamar Highway upgrade re-election promise has been welcomed by the region’s mayor Christina Holmdahl.
“This announcement, which in the nine years that I have been the chair of the West Tamar Highway Safety Committee, is the largest, single bout of funding for work on the West Tamar Highway,” Cr Holmdahl said.
Six projects will be carried out on the road to improve safety, including plans to widen the highway, improve overtaking lanes, resealing and widening road shoulders, if the Liberal government is re-elected.
“The areas that have been specifically identified are actually necessary for us to be able to expand our Legana structure plan where in the next 10 years there is going to be an extra 10,000 people living,” Cr Holmdahl said.
“All of those things are very welcomed and needed and address the issues of the highway.”
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Infrastructure minister Rene Hidding said he was delighted to make the promise, with works expected to get underway within the first year of government if the Liberals were re-elected.
“Certainly in the first full term of the Hodgman Liberal Government all $12 million will be spent,” he said.
Mr Hidding said he had been in-discussions with the West Tamar Council to discuss the road’s issues.
“We have an agreement with the council for their priorities to improve a major upgrade to the West Tamar Highway,” he said.
Opposition infrastructure spokesman Shane Broad said Labor had announced significant road upgrades as part of its $60 million community roads package.
“Unfortunately the government seems more interest in infrastructure projects on the eve of an election that it has been over the last four years,” he said.