Department of State GrowthTransport

New Bridgewater Bridge

As part of the Hobart City Deal, the Australian and Tasmanian Governments have committed $576 million for a new Bridgewater Bridge. This is the largest ever investment in a single transport project in Hobart’s history.

The Bridgewater Bridge is a critical part of the transport and freight link between the northern and southern regions of Tasmania.

The new crossing will improve reliability, connectivity and accessibility between Tasmania’s north and south, and support growth and commercial development in Hobart’s outer northern suburbs.

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.


The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments as part of the Hobart City Deal.

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.

Geotechnical investigations

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

These investigations include analysis of the ground conditions approaching the new bridge location and the sediments within the river. This will help determine the final design for the bridge foundations.

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


Geotechnical and environmental investigations: Early 2020

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