Tasmania has an extensive transport network, and the cost of building and maintaining this infrastructure is very high.
During 2002-03 the value of public and private engineering construction was $95.9 million on roads, highways and subdivisions; $17.3 million on bridges; $3.0 million on railways; and $0.5 million on harbours.
LENGTH OF THE ROAD SYSTEM
At 30 June 2003, there were 24,253 kilometres of roads open to general traffic, of which 13,129 kilometres were gravel, crushed stone or other improved surface; 10,485 kilometres were bitumen or concrete; and 639 kilometres were formed road.
ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION, Value of Work done, Tasmania
|Roads, highways and subdivisions|
Source: ABS data available on request, Engineering Construction Survey.
A map of the National Highway in Tasmania is available from the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources web site: http://www.dier.tas.gov.au/
LENGTH OF ROADS OPEN FOR GENERAL TRAFFIC, Tasmania(a)(b)
|Bitumen or concrete|
|Gravel, crushed stone or other improved surface(c)|
|Formed only and cleared only|
|Percentage of total surface with bitumen or concrete|
(a) Includes an estimate for forest roads.
(b) At 30 June.
(c) Includes local government roads in formed only and cleared only category.
Source: Derived mainly from the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, Transport Division, and local government sources in Tasmania.