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About the project

Replacing the Cam River Bridge is a key project under the Bass Highway – Cooee to Wynyard Upgrades Program, which is jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments as part of the $280 million Bass Highway 10 Year Action Plan.

The existing Cam River Bridge will be replaced with a new bridge that will be higher, reducing the risk posed by floods. Wider lanes, a cycle lane and a pedestrian pathway will provide more room for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. The wider lanes will also make it easier to keep traffic moving in the event of a crash or vehicle breakdown on the bridge.

The project includes the installation of traffic signals at the junction of the Murchison and Bass Highways, which will improve traffic flow. The Murchison Highway is a heavy vehicle route and signals will allow heavy vehicles to enter the Bass Highway more safely.

The existing bridge will remain operational until the new bridge is complete, when the existing bridge will be demolished.

A new pedestrian pathway will also connect to council reserves under the bridge.

1Benefits

The new bridge will benefit the community in many ways.

  • Safety will be improved through the installation of traffic signals at the junction of the Murchison and Bass Highways. The traffic lights will allow heavy vehicles to enter the Bass Highway more safely.
  • Wider lanes, a cycle lane and a pedestrian pathway, will provide more room for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Increased traffic flow through wider lanes will make it easier to keep traffic moving if there is a crash or vehicle breakdown on the bridge.
  • The bridge will support economic growth by providing a quality freight and passenger transport corridor.
  • A higher bridge reduces the risk of damage by floods providing a sustainable long-lasting structure with low maintenance needs.

2Timing

We will start working on Tuesday, 5 July 2022 and will be finished by the end of November 2023.

We will be working from 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday, with occasional work on Saturday and Sunday if required.

Please allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time during this work, keep to the speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.

3Frequently asked questions

What does this project involve?

Under the Bass Highway Action Plan, the existing Cam River Bridge will be replaced with a new bridge that will be higher, reducing the risk posed by floods. Wider lanes, a cycle lane and a pedestrian pathway will provide more room for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. The wider lanes will also make it easier to keep traffic moving in the event of a crash or vehicle breakdown on the bridge.

The project includes the installation of traffic signals at the junction of the Murchison and Bass Highways, which will improve traffic flow. The Murchison Highway is a heavy vehicle route and signals will allow heavy vehicles to enter the Bass Highway more safely.

A new pedestrian pathway will also connect to council reserves under the bridge.

When will this work occur?

Work is scheduled to start in July 2022 and be completed in late 2023.  Work will be done from Monday to Friday between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm with occasional work on Saturday and Sunday if required.

Why is this project happening?

After initial concerns raised by industry and the local community, the ‘Bass Highway: Cooee to Wynyard Planning Study (2019)’ identified safety, travel time reliability and asset reliability problems as major concerns of people using the Bass Highway between Cooee and Wynyard. Heavy vehicles also have trouble accessing Bass Highway from Murchison Highway.

The design was finalised following public consultation in 2021, and includes new landscaped areas and a pedestrian path under the bridge on the western side, linking recreation areas and a future North West Coastal Pathway.

Who is funding this project?

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments are funding the replacement of the Bass Highway Cam River Bridge and the installation of traffic signals at the intersection of the Bass and Murchison Highways.

Will Cam River Bridge be closed during construction?

The existing bridge will remain open until the new bridge is complete, when the existing bridge will be demolished.

What traffic changes will happen during construction?

There will be temporary traffic changes to ensure the safety of workers and road users, such as lane closures, road realignment and reduced speed limits which may affect travel times. Motorists should allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time during this work. Please keep to the speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.

What traffic changes will happen when the project is complete?

The new bridge will be stronger and suitable for the current and future loads from freight and oversized vehicles. The new bridge will allow safer traffic management options and will provide increased flood protection, ensuring the long life of this important asset. The new Cam River Bridge will provide for connectivity between Waratah Wynyard parks either side of the bridge.

Installing traffic signals at the intersection of the Murchison and Bass Highways will improve traffic flow.

Will there be any impact on the existing pedestrian paths?

Safe pedestrian access will be maintained connecting all existing pathways and through the reserve. Part of the reserve will be closed to the public. River and beach access will be restricted to keep everyone safe.

What pedestrian changes will happen when the project is complete?

The new bridge will include a footpath for pedestrians. Wider lanes, a cycle lane and a pedestrian pathway will provide more room for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

There will also be new pedestrian crossing facilities at the Murchison and Bass Highway intersection.

4Maps

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A map showing the location of the works for the Cam River Bridge replacement and Murchison Highway signalisation project. The total project area includes the Bass Highway, between Falmouth Street and East Cam Road, and a short section of the Murchison Highway, between Bass Highway and Simpson Street

Contact details

For further information about the project, please contact our Stakeholder Engagement Consultant, Allison Madson on 0497 387 017 or by email at CamRiverBridge@stategrowth.tas.gov.au.