Posted 15 September 2014
- Work on the Tarkine Drive project is nearing completion, with the Rapid River Bridge being completed, unlocking the eastern loop of the Tarkine Drive.
- The project replaced the destroyed Tayatea Bridge in 2012, so unique attractions including the Milkshake Hills Forest Reserve are, for the first time in years, conveniently available from the east and the west.
- Work remaining includes final pavement works near the Rapid River, sealing of the Rapid River Road section of the project and installation of innovative measures to reduce the occurrence of roadkill, including our iconic Tasmanian devils. Completion of tourist facility upgrades will also occur when contractor, Hazell Bros, returns to site later in spring.
- It is anticipated all works will be complete by the end of 2014.
- Importantly, the project is already returning dividends to the local community with evidence of increased tourist traffic and the presence of small vehicles that seldom ventured onto the rough gravel roads that existed just 12 months ago.
- This is a great example of how improving infrastructure can boost the economy, grow jobs and grow our State.