THE Tasmanian Government last week released a new report that provides the results of a comprehensive audit of the state's roads, including age and asset replacement profiles for roads and bridges managed by the Department of State Growth.
Premier Will Hodgman and Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding said the 'State of Our Roads 2014' report provides a snapshot of Tasmania's state roads network and will form the basis of Infrastructure Tasmania's 2015 State Road Audit.
"The Liberal Government, working alongside the Australian Government, is committed to delivering ambitious capital upgrades to our road network, with more than $700 million to be invested over four years under the Roads for Our Future program," Mr Hodgman said.
According to the report, Tasmania has a road network covering approximately 24,000 kilometres. The state road network consists of 3,733 kilometres of these roads and comprises the most important and heavily-used transport infrastructure in Tasmania.
"Generally, the report shows our roads are in good condition, but it also found historical underfunding of about $250 million over the past 10 years in rebuilding roads and bridges under the previous government," the Premier said.
Mr Hidding said this meant that while the government remained strongly committed to delivering new road infrastructure, it also recognised the need to invest in maintaining and renewing Tasmania's existing road and bridge network.
"That's why more than $268 million will be invested in Tasmania for maintenance, line marking and improving road surfaces over the forward estimates," Mr Hidding said.
"One of the major projects under our maintenance program is the $1.5 million Glen Huon Road upgrade, for which tenders have been now called.
"Work on the road surface of a 2.5 kilometre section of the important Huon Valley traffic route between Glen Huon and Judbury is expected to begin in February and be completed by around May."
The State of our Roads 2014 report is available from the Department of State Growth website at <http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/roads_for_our_future>. The report is also available directly from this link (PDF: 5.93 MB).