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Breakthrough for New Bridgewater Bridge project

Breakthrough for New Bridgewater Bridge

Works have begun on the superstructure for the New Bridgewater Bridge project, Tasmania’s largest ever transport infrastructure project.

The new one kilometre long bridge will replace the existing lift-span bridge built in the 1940s, providing a new modern crossing of the River Derwent.

The New Bridgewater Bridge will have two lanes in each direction and new interchanges at Bridgewater and Granton, as well as a safe shared path for cyclists and pedestrians, and new safety screens and barriers.

Once completed, the bridge will support 22,000 daily trips and improve freight movement around Hobart.


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Breakthrough for New Bridgewater Bridge
The current crossing of the River Derwent. Image courtesy of the Tasmanian Government.

McConnell Dowell was awarded the design and construct contract in July 2022, with the project team including companies such as Tony Gee and Partners; Tonkin and Taylor; Wood Marsh; Pitt & Sherry and VSL, among others.

McConnell Dowell has begun the placement of 1082 concrete bridge segments on the project. Piling and pier construction is progressing, with a purpose-built pre-cast facility fully operational. Works are also progressing on the two major traffic interchanges.

Construction started in October 2022 and the new bridge will be open to traffic by the end of 2024, ahead of the project being completed by mid-2025.

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