What is the purpose of the reference design?
The reference design shows what may be built to deliver the project’s design requirements within the budget that is available and to seek feedback from the community. The reference design, and all feedback received, will be given to the two shortlisted contractors to use to as they develop the design they will submit as part of their tender.
Is the reference design the final design for the new bridge?
No, the reference design is not the final design for the new bridge. It is likely that the designs being considered will evolve throughout the competitive design process as contractors look for the most value for money solution, while considering community feedback. The final design developed by the contractor must still fit within budget, meet the project’s design requirements and comply with planning conditions.
How will my feedback be used to determine the final design?
Comments and feedback received from the community on the reference design will be given to the contractors as they develop their own, more detailed designs. The contractors will use their specialist knowledge and expertise to identify solutions that improve the design to deliver the best outcome for Tasmania.
When will a design for the new bridge be finalised?
A Design and Construct contract will be awarded in late 2021and a detailed design for construction will be finalised soon after that, ready for construction to start in 2022.
Will I have another chance to provide feedback on the bridge design?
Feedback is most beneficial early in the design process, which is why feedback is being sought on the reference design now to inform the development of designs by the two shortlisted contractors. However, the community will have further opportunities to provide feedback during the 2021 planning approval process.
When will construction start?
Early preparation works such as demolitions and service relocation will start prior to a contract being awarded at the end of 2021. Construction of the new bridge is due to start in 2022.
When will a new bridge be finished?
We are working to have people driving on the new bridge by the end of 2024.