Aug 12, 2009

Bridgewater Bridge upgrade one step closer

Bridgewater Bridge upgrade one step closer

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 12 2009

The $14 million upgrade of the historic Bridgewater Bridge is one step closer today, with McConnell Dowell Constructors (Australia) awarded the contract to undertake the construction.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Anthony Albanese, today said that works will start in October on this federally-funded project.

“The Rudd Labor Government’s $14 million project will go towards restoring a Tasmanian icon to its former glory and includes the works currently underway at the Midland Highway/Lyell Highway junction.

“The lifting mechanism of the bridge has been out of action for nearly three years since 2006. This project will use modern technology to restore the lifting system and allow boats and shipping vessels to pass under the bridge once again.

“Importantly, the Bridgewater Bridge project will support up to 80 jobs during construction and help cushion the local impact of the global economic recession,” Mr Albanese said.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure, Graeme Sturges, asked motorists to be patient and careful when driving across the bridge during the works.

“The bridge is part of the main North-South road and rail link and the work schedule has been designed to minimise disruption for road users,” Mr Sturges said.

“Some inconvenience and lane closures will be unavoidable, but this is essential to ensure construction can be undertaken in a safe environment for both workers and motorists.”

Minister Albanese said, “The Rudd Labor Government is investing a record $800 million in road and rail infrastructure in Tasmania through our Nation Building Program.

“This includes the $164 million Brighton Bypass and the $6.2 million for planning for the Bagdad Bypass, and the new Bridgewater Bridge, both at the southern end of the Midland Highway,” he concluded.

The bridge refurbishment is scheduled for completion in December 2010. Planning for a future replacement for the Bridgewater Bridge is underway.