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North of Spring Hill & Mud Walls Road Improvements

ClientDepartment of State Growth
CompletedMay 2015

The North of Spring Hill project involves the widening and separation of 2.5km of undivided carriageway along a section on the Midlands Highway, located approximately 15km south of Oatlands. It includes approximately 20,000m3 of earthworks and embankment construction, 40,000m2 of pavement seal and 5km of wire rope, spanning over a total length of 2.5km

The Project

The works on the North of Spring Hill Road Improvements project included the following key elements:

  • Clearing and grubbing;
  • Excavation in all materials and embankment construction;
  • Installation of sub-soil drains;
  • Extensions to culverts;
  • Pavement overlay using granular materials
  • New Pavement construction;
  • Installation of new Tensioned Wire Rope Safety Barrier;
  • Application of sprayed seal;
  • Installation or relocation of traffic signs
  • Provision of road markings; and
  • Reinstatement, upgrade of accesses.

Latent ground conditions and sub-grade issues proved to be
challenging. The VEC crew acted quickly and managed a tight
program to replace 1km of unsuitable materials to construct the
new pavement.


The Mud Walls Road Junction project was to deliver safety improvements and pavement strengthening to the junction of Mud Walls Road with the Midland Highway. The scope of works included elements such as:

  • Installation of temporary signing and control of traffic to safely segregate road users from construction activities;
  • Drainage;
  • Pavement construction;
  • Sealing;
  • Guideposts installation;
  • Traffic islands; and
  • Pavement markings.

There were some supply challenges due to the quantity of works concurrently occurring on the Midlands Highway, with all the Contractors heading towards the same Practical Completion deadline. The VEC Project Management team were able to solve these issues and deliver the program before the critical winter deadline.

Head Office

10b Industrial Dr, Ulverstone,
TAS 7315

PO Box 812
Ulverstone, TAS 7315

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Hobart Office

Level 3, 116 Bathurst Street
Hobart, TAS 7000

PO Box 812
Ulverstone, TAS 7315

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Melbourne Office

Level 10, 567 Collins Street, 
Melbourne, VIC 3000

PO Box 812 
Ulverstone, TAS 7315

Phone +61 (03) 9278 5100
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Queensland Office

135 Coronation Drive
Milton, QLD 4064

PO Box 812 
Ulverstone, TAS 7315

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112