Department of State GrowthTransport

Arthur Highway Sorell Rivulet Bridge Replacement

The Tasmanian Government has committed funding to replace the Sorell Rivulet Bridge on the Arthur Highway.

This section of the Arthur Highway is part of the strategic highway route linking Hobart with the Tasman Peninsula region and carries a mix of heavy vehicles, residents and tourists.


The Sorell Rivulet Bridge is located approximately 400 metres east of the Arthur and Tasman Highway junction in Sorell.

Why is the Department of State Growth doing work on this road?

This project is part of a Departmental strategy to replace bridges on key routes in Tasmania to retain the existing levels of service for heavy vehicle freight and community access.  The existing bridge was constructed in 1942 and was identified as a high priority for replacement.  This will be demolished and a new bridge will be constructed on the same alignment.


Construction of the project is scheduled to commence in late 2017 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of April 2018, weather permitting.

The road works will be performed under an approved traffic management plan by the contractor to ensure the least possible disruption to road users.  

A temporary bridge diversion will be installed adjacent to the existing bridge to minimise disruption to traffic while the new bridge is being constructed.

Speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions will be in place throughout the construction period to ensure a safe work place for construction staff and the travelling public.  Delays are to be expected in the vicinity of the construction works at times.  Please obey all signs and allow extra time for travelling through the construction site.

Further Information

Any enquiries about the project may be directed to the Project Manager, Kevin Bourne on 6166 3422, or by email:

Posted Wednesday, 14 June 2017