Works to begin on Tasmania’s New Bridgewater Bridge

Construction of Tasmania’s New Bridgewater Bridge is anticipated to get underway in the next few months with early works already progressing on site. McConnell Dowell was announced as the preferred contractor in December 2021 and was awarded the design and construction contract of the Bridge in July 2022.

The new four-lane bridge, Tasmania’s largest ever infrastructure project, will fix the missing link in Tasmania’s National Highway, improve connections at Bridgewater and Granton, and cater for cyclists and pedestrians with a safe shared path.

“The works will deliver safety, capacity and connectivity improvements on this crucial link on the Tasmanian National Highway,” says Federal Member for Lyons Brian Mitchell.

“This is a major transport infrastructure upgrade which aims to meet the current and future needs of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike.”

The project will remove the bottleneck at the Granton roundabout, providing the 22,000 vehicles that use the bridge each day with free-flowing access to the Brooker Highway, Lyell Highway and Midland Highway.

On the Bridgewater side, a new ramp from Boyer Road onto the bridge will offer easy access for local traffic wanting to travel south, while Gunn Street will join with Old Main Road under the new bridge to create a continuous connection and more open space.

On the southern side of the river, the journey from Hobart to New Norfolk will be uninterrupted, with the creation of a dedicated slip lane from the Brooker Highway onto the Lyell Highway.

McConnell Dowell is working to engage several Tasmanian organisations to assist with the delivery of the project, with creating jobs and supporting Tasmanian industry a key focus of the project.

Forming part of the Hobart City Deal, the Australian Government has committed $628.8 million towards the $786 million jointly funded project, with the Tasmanian Government contributing the remaining $157.2 million.

It is expected that traffic will be driving on the new bridge by the end of 2024.

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