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PM Albanese pledges $200 million for road improvements across Tasmania

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Lyell Highway between Granton and New Norfolk. Image / Pulse

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed more than $200 million in funding for extensive upgrades to crucial roads across Tasmania.

The roads package includes upgrading the Lyell Highway between Granton and New Norfolk, boosting safety and improving travel times along narrow sections of the highway.

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Improvements to the Huon Highway will also be made and planning funded for future improvements along the Devonport to Cradle Mountain and Arthur Highway corridors.

“When residents and visitors move around Tasmania, they move around by road. But after a decade of neglect, many of Tasmania’s roads are not fit for purpose,” Albanese said.

“Last year Tasmania lost more than 30 people on the roads, with more than 300 critically injured. That’s not good enough.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

Of the allocated funds, $95 million will be directed towards ensuring the completion of existing projects, including the Mornington Roundabout Upgrade, enhancements to the Midland Highway north of Campbell Town to Epping Forest and improvements to Algona Road and the Kingston Bypass.

“This investment in our budget is about getting Tasmania moving safely, to allow people to spend less time on the road and more time with their loved ones,” Albanese said.

During the state election campaign, the Liberals promised to invest over $220 million in upgrading roads across Tasmania if re-elected.

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