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Department of State Growth

Bridgewater bridge replacement

The Bridgewater Bridge is a critical part of the transport and freight link between the northern and southern regions of Tasmania, and is part of the National Land Transport Network jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments.

The current Bridgewater Bridge is reaching the end of its serviceable life and does not meet contemporary loading and design standards of the National Land Transport Network.

In March 2016, Infrastructure Tasmania published its review of a design and cost estimate for the construction of a replacement structure for the existing Bridgewater Bridge, which considered various options for a replacement structure and provided advice as to the most feasible crossing solution.

Current status

As part of the 2018-19 Federal Budget, a $461 million contribution towards the construction of a new Bridgewater Bridge was announced - this represents 80 per cent of the expected total construction cost. This will be supported by a Tasmanian Government Contribution of $115 million.