Request for Proposal released for $576M Bridgewater Bridge

Tasmania has released the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the $576 million Bridgewater Bridge project.

Once proposals are received two tenderers will be selected to compete in a competitive Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process starting late this year.

The final contractors will be encouraged to use local content where possible and will be required to prepare a Tasmanian Industry Participation Plan as part of the Tasmanian Government’s Buy Local policy. This includes making commitments to fulfil economic and social benefits to the Tasmanian industry, businesses and jobs.

Bridgewater Bridge connects two suburbs in Hobart over the Derwent River carrying 22,000 vehicles each day.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said building the new Bridgewater Bridge would improve safety and reduce congestion.

“The release of the RFP to market is a major step forward in this once-in-a-generation infrastructure project. Suitably qualified contractors will be able to submit proposals detailing their qualifications, capability and capacity to undertake the project,” he said.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson said during the ECI phase tenderers will work collaboratively with the Tasmanian Department of State Growth in refining and developing their individual tenders for the design and construction of the project.

“The intention is to award a design and construct contract by the end of next year, as we continue to deliver this important and complex piece of infrastructure that will benefit all Tasmanians.”

Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said involving two contractors in the project design’s early stages allowed for closer involvement in developing detailed designs and provided opportunity for industry innovation and construction efficiencies.

“The new bridge will include two lanes in each direction, a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians, a minimum speed limit of 80 kilometres an hour and will have a navigation height consistent with the Bowen Bridge,” Abetz said.

“While qualified tenderers will be eligible to ensure a competitive environment that drives value for money outcomes, there will also be a number of opportunities for local industry to get involved in the project, bringing local knowledge and expertise.”

Construction is set to start in 2022 with completion expected for 2024. Proposals are due 2pm, Wednesday 7 October.

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