A contract has been awarded for a new $2 million overtaking lane on the Great Eastern Drive north of Swansea.
It is part of the government’s $72 million tourism roads funding announced in Hobart on Wednesday.
Premier Will Hodgman says the program is the first ever tourism roads-specific investment program that will ensure Tasmania’s reputation as a premium destination is protected.
He said the funding would improve a number of roads used by visitors as they travel to experience “fast-emerging icons such as the Three Capes Walk, Bruny Island, the Tarkine and the Great Eastern Drive.”
“This summer’s road construction season will see a down payment on this investment with the contract awarded to build a new $2 million overtaking lane on the Great Eastern Drive at Cranbrook, north of Swansea,” Mr Hodgman said.
“Other improvements planned along the Great Eastern Drive touring route include junction upgrades at Beaumaris Beach, Dark Hollow Creek, Freshwater Street and Skyline Drive.
“Improvements to the car park area at Four Mile Creek will also allow for safer entry and exit at this popular lookout.”
He said work would also start soon on a $3 million upgrade of Stormlea Road, which was a popular access route for the Three Capes Walk and the world-famous surf spot Shipstern Bluff.
The sealing of Hastings Cave Road in Tasmania’s far South will also get underway this summer.
“These projects will not only ensure tourism roads can meet future demand, they also represent a strong investment in local jobs,” Mr Hodgman said.