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About the project

The Tasman Bridge is an important part of Hobart and a key transport link. It connects the people of Hobart every day and is the gateway to our city for thousands of visitors every year.

The upgrade will feature a 3.5 m pathway on both sides of the bridge for enhanced cyclist and pedestrian access. Improvements will include heightened safety barriers, upgraded maintenance infrastructure, along with feature and security lighting. When completed, it will strengthen the bridge, increase safety and improve active transport connections between the eastern and western shores.

The upgrade will also include a new lane use management system for lane control during peak hours. This will improve traffic flow by automating tasks previously done manually. It will also improve safety of our workers by removing the need for them to be on the road.

It’s the next step in the evolution of the Tasman Bridge which started nearly 80 years ago when the eastern and western shores closest to Hobart’s city centre were finally connected by the construction of the Hobart Bridge in 1943. This was replaced in 1965 by the Tasman Bridge, which has since become one of Tasmania’s most iconic landmarks.

Timing

The project is currently in its first phase and community consultation has recently closed.

Our next steps will be to finalise the project design and prepare tender documents.

The tender will be advertised in late 2022 with a contractor appointed in early 2023.

The project will be completed in late 2025.

Community consultation

Community consultation on the Tasman Bridge Pathways Upgrade project closed on Tuesday 19 July 2022.

You can still view the project information and the feedback received during consultation on our online consultation website.

1Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Tasman Bridge being upgraded?

The Tasman Bridge is being upgraded to increase its safety to provide better access for cyclists and pedestrians.

What will the upgrade involve?

  • A 3.5 metre shared pathway on each side of the bridge with better connections to the existing path network on the eastern and western shores.
  • Heightened safety barriers on each side of the pathways
  • Improvements to path lighting
  • Upgrades to the bridge maintenance and inspection gantry
  • Bridge strengthening.

The upgrade will happen in two phases:

  1. Concept development and reference design
  2. Final design and construction.

Who is funding the upgrade?

Funding for the upgrade is a joint Australian and Tasmanian Government initiative with both governments committing $65 million for a total of $130 million.

Will the upgrade make the bridge safer for pedestrians and cyclists?

Yes. Currently the Tasman Bridge’s paths are only about one metre wide. The upgrade will provide a 3.5 m shared path on each side of the bridge and improve connection to the existing path network on the eastern and western shores.

There will also be higher barriers on both sides of the path and the new path is further away from traffic. The new barriers should help reduce the impact of wind and path lighting will also be upgraded to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety at night.

When will the upgrade be built? How long will it take to build?

The new walkways will take about two years to build and install, starting in mid-2023 and completed in late 2025.

This long timeframe is due to the scale and complexity of the project. We also want to minimise disruption to traffic and maintain pedestrian and cycling connections during the project.

Why does the bridge need strengthening?

The Tasman Bridge is designed for five lanes of traffic. In order to securely add the new 3.5 metre pathways to the bridge, it will need to be strengthened. This will also help future proof the bridge if traffic volumes increase in future.

If you or someone you know is experiencing distress, seek help and support from:

  • A Tasmanian Lifeline (1800 98 44 34 – 8am to 8pm)
  • Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467)
  • Lifeline (13 11 14)

In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact the project team at participate@ghd.com or on 6210 0662.