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New Bridgewater Bridge Project

New Bridgewater Bridge reference design released for feedback - Oct 2020

The New Bridgewater Bridge Project has reached a major milestone this month, on time, with four of the country’s top construction companies submitting proposals to be considered to build the $576 million project.

As part of the Hobart City Deal, the Australian and Tasmanian Governments are committed to building this once-in-a-generation infrastructure project that will improve safety, reduce congestion and deliver a more reliable and efficient journey for the thousands of people who use the bridge and surrounding roads each day.

The proposals are now being assessed and two successful companies will be appointed to start a competitive Early Contractor Involvement design and tender process in December, before the build contract is awarded at the end of next year.

A reference design has been released to the community for feedback as part of a broad community consultation process, which will run until Friday, November 13.

The reference design includes a new two-lane bridge and a second two-lane bridge on the alignment of the existing bridge and shows what may be built to deliver the project’s final requirements within the budget that is available.

The reference design is not the final design and is likely to evolve during the competitive design process as tenderers use their specialist knowledge and expertise to improve the design to achieve the best outcomes for Tasmanians.”

The delivery of a new Bridgewater Bridge will drive economic growth, create hundreds of jobs during construction and provide a safer and more efficient transport corridor linking the capital to the rest of the state.

Comments and feedback received during the community consultation period will be given to the two shortlisted tenderers as they develop their own, more detailed designs that they will submit as part of their tenders.