The work to build the New Bridgewater Bridge is progressing, with the formal release of approved design requirements for the bridge.
“This is a major project that will benefit Tasmanians for generations, and it is vital we get it right” said the Premier Of Tasmania Peter Gutwein.
The eight design requirements are broadly consistent with those determined through previous community consultation and engagement with Infrastructure Australia and include the number of traffic lanes, road height, and the inclusion of pedestrian and cycle facilities.
The Australian and Tasmanian governments have committed $576 million to the new river crossing at Bridgewater, which is the largest ever investment in a single transport infrastructure project in Tasmania’s history.
The Bridgewater Bridge is a critical part of the transport and freight link between the state’s north and south, and the project will support growth and commercial development in Hobart’s outer northern suburbs.
An Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process will start in the coming weeks, with a Request for Proposal (RFP) stage. This is a new delivery model for Tasmania and strongly supported by industry to gain maximum industry engagement.
Involving contractors in the early stages of the project design allows for closer involvement in the development of the designs, providing opportunities for industry innovation and construction efficiencies.
Geotechnical, environmental and heritage surveys are currently underway and must be completed before the final design and alignment can be confirmed.
Work on the project is due to begin in 2022, and people will be driving on the new bridge by the end of 2024.
Source: Tasmanian Government