Construction has officially begun on Tasmania’s largest-ever transport infrastructure projects – the $243 million Brighton Bypass and Transport Hub.
Premier David Bartlett said that the projects were vital components of joint State – Federal Government plans to upgrade the northern approaches to Hobart.
“The investment in these projects will provide a significant stimulus to the Tasmanian construction industry and the Tasmanian economy – especially in the current economic climate.
“The bypass will have significant improvements to local communities by cutting travelling time on the Midland Highway and improving safety in the built-up areas at its southern end.
“These projects will significantly improve connections to the developing Brighton Industrial Estate and future Brighton Transport Hub.
“This is of fundamental and long-term importance for the future of transport in Southern Tasmania,” he said.
Mr Bartlett said that the Brighton Transport Hub would provide a modern road-rail interchange and freight distribution hub to improve the efficiency of freight movement into and out of southern Tasmania.
“They are also of critical importance for the Brighton community and we have been working closely with the Brighton Council, transport operators, local business, land owners and the general community.
Two joint ventures have been selected to carry out the work – VEC/Thiess has won the contract for the northern section of the bypass and John Holland/Hazell Bros the southern section, which includes the Brighton Transport Hub.
The $79 million hub is expected to be operational by September 2011 and the $164 million Bypass is scheduled for completion by June 2012.