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Current situation

The Tasmanian Government is investigating all options available to ensure the project is fit for purpose and the build cost can be met within current funding allocations.

1Current situation

The Tasmanian Government is investigating all options available to ensure the project is fit for purpose and the build cost can be met within current funding allocations.

2Funding

As part of the Hobart City Deal, the Australian and Tasmanian Governments have committed $576 million for a new Bridgewater Bridge. The Hobart City Deal forms the blueprint for the Tasmanian Government’s coordinated plan to improve transport across Greater Hobart.

The City Deal is a partnership between all levels of government and takes an integrated and collaborative approach to improving travel around Hobart using a variety of transport modes.

3Geotechnical investigations

Geotechnical investigations to inform further development of the final bridge design started in January 2020 and are ongoing.

These investigations include analysis of the ground conditions approaching the proposed new bridge location, depth and quality of bedrock under the river, the mapping of rock faults and the properties of river sediments. This will help determine the final design for the bridge foundations.

A number of heritage and environmental investigations will start in May, including additional flora and fauna surveys and an Aboriginal heritage survey. Regular wildlife surveys are ongoing.

During these investigations, there will be people working near the existing Bridgewater Bridge, including around the causeway and bridge, around adjacent properties and in the River Derwent.

There may be traffic management where work is taking place close to the road. Changed traffic conditions and warning signage will alert road users when works are underway.

Road users are asked to approach the area with caution, and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signage.

4Timing

Geotechnical, heritage and environmental investigations: ongoing throughout 2020.

Further information

Email: bridgewaterbridge@stategrowth.tas.gov.au