Promise. Long awaited upgrades to the Bass Highway will be welcome following the state election, with both major parties now committing to the project.
A re-elected Liberal majority government will invest $40 million to significantly upgrade the Bass Highway, west of Wynyard.
The commitment was announced on Friday as one that headlines a range of projects designed to upgrade the road network in the state’s west and north west.
“Under a Liberal majority government the economy is growing strongly, so we are investing in our road infrastructure to future-proof our highways and ensure they can keep up with demand,” Premier Will Hodgman said.
“Our $40 million commitment will bring forward a range of projects along 112 kilometres of the Bass Highway, which is the key north west route for freight, tourist and local traffic.
“A centrepiece of our plan is to build the infrastructure our state needs, and this investment will significantly improve road safety and allow motorists to get to their destination sooner.”
Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff said these projects were developed after consultation with the north west community.
He said the funding will allow for a range of projects including road widening, overtaking lanes, intersection improvements, road reconstruction and general road safety measures.
Other work that will happen under a re-elected Liberal Government include a new $2 million cycling grants program in partnership with the north west and west coast councils, to create or extend bicycle routes that connect areas within towns or regions.
Last month Labor announced a $6 million investment to repair the damaged sections of road from Detention River through to Marrawah.