Federal Budget Breakdown‌– $360m for transport infrastructure around the country

Posted: 7th Oct

The Tasmanian State Government welcomed the funding announcement, stating that the duplication of the Sorell Causeway will ‘complete the set’ for the state’s South East Traffic Solution, making huge improvements to the lives of commuters from the growing areas of Sorell and the Southern Beaches in terms of travel times, safety and amenity.


Federal Budget funding: $360 million

Expected jobs created: 2,200

Total Federal infrastructure funding for COVID-19 recovery: $410 million+

Key transport infrastructure investments for Tasmania include:

  • $150 million for the Midway Point Causeway (including McGees Bridge) and Sorell Causeway as part of the Hobart to Sorell Roads of Strategic Importance corridor 
  • $65 million to upgrade the Tasman Bridge


This funding builds on the $162.5 million already committed, including the Hobart Airport Interchange, the Midway Point intersection upgrade, the duplication from the airport to the western causeway, the Sorell southern bypass and the Arthur Highway overtaking lane (already completed). 

There is a heavy reliance on motor vehicles for transport in the Sorell region, and this massive package of projects being undertaken in partnership between the State and Federal Governments will also be of significant benefit to the productivity of the freight industry and enhance the tourist experience for those travelling to areas such as the East Coast and Tasman Peninsula.



This investment complements the Tasmanian Government’s two-year, $1.8 billion job-creating infrastructure investment program across the state, which has an estimated construction value of $3.1 billion and is expected to support 15,000 jobs.

The upgrade of the Tasman Bridge is set to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and provide upgrades to support future traffic growth. 

The funding package also includes upgrades to the Bass Highway between Deloraine and Devonport as part of a $200 million package of works for the Bass Highway, and $52 million for ongoing safety upgrades to the Midland Highway as part of Tasmania’s ten Year Action Plan.



Source: Infrastructure Magazine - https://infrastructuremagazine.com.au/2020/10/06/federal-budget-7-5-billion-for-transport-infrastructure-around-the-country/