Work continues on New Bridgewater Bridge Project - June 2021
Work on the $576 million project to build a new Bridgewater Bridge is on track with construction to start next year.
The project has now reached a number of major milestones with site investigations complete, a Major Project Impact Statement being developed, and a preferred tenderer set to be engaged by the end of the year.
Building a new Bridgewater Bridge is Tasmania’s largest ever transport infrastructure project and will strengthen the state’s National Highway, boost freight productivity and change the way people travel between the north and south of the state.
Site investigations in Bridgewater and Granton started in early 2020 and have included detailed geotechnical and survey work, environmental investigations and heritage assessments. This work will further inform the developed designs to be submitted by the two shortlisted bridge building contractors later this year.
CPB Contractors and McConnell Dowell Constructors were engaged in Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) agreements in late 2020 and have been working collaboratively with the Tasmanian Government to develop their own designs and tenders for the project.
Engaging contractors early means that the construction industry can use their specialist knowledge and expertise to develop the best design for the new bridge, and the most cost-effective and efficient way of building it.