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Bridgewater Bridge Replacement Planning Study

Project Background

The Bridgewater Bridge is part of the wider Midland Highway Improvement Projects which are designed to upgrade the northern approaches to Hobart between Dysart and Granton. The upgrading includes the provision of two bypasses (Bagdad/Mangalore and Pontville/Brighton), construction of an intermodal transport hub at Brighton and replacement of the Bridgewater Bridge.

These projects represent the largest strategic infrastructure development undertaken in Tasmania's history and will deliver significant benefits to the Tasmanian community in terms of safety, efficiency and economic advantages. Specifically the Brighton Transport Projects will relieve increasing traffic congestion and improve safety on the region's key traffic corridor and improve efficiency of freight movement in to and out of Southern Tasmania.

The Bridgewater Bridge is a recognised landmark on the Southern Tasmanian landscape as a gateway to Tasmania's capital city. The existing bridge is limited in its ability to perform the function of the Midland Highway, part of the National Land Transport Network. Planning works for the replacement of the Bridgewater Bridge have been ongoing for a number of years. DIER has been building on this previous work to prepare a preferred design for the new bridge.

Future Activity

Further studies and surveys, particularly in the area of Aboriginal heritage, are ongoing.  A number of approvals are also being sought, including environmental and planning, before the final alignment can be confirmed and funding for construction sought.

DIER is currently seeking feedback from key stakeholders and the community on the concept design. Upon receipt of this feedback, DIER will consider the issues raised and review and amend the concept design where necessary. It is expected that the final design will be ready to submit to the Australian Government in mid 2011 for approval and consideration for funding under the Nation Building Program.

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