Mar 26, 2009

Tebrakunna Bridge contract awarded

Tebrakunna Bridge contract awarded

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 26 2009

Work to replace the Tebrakunna Bridge over the Ringarooma River is ready to begin, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese and Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure, Graeme Sturges announced today.

Mr Albanese said the Australian Government has committed $34 million towards the $42.5 million North-East Freight Routes package being jointly-funded with the Tasmanian Government.

“The Australian Government is committed to investing in road and rail projects which will improve freight transport supporting the forestry, mining, manufacturing and agri-food industries that are essential to Tasmania’s economy,” Mr Albanese said.

“The bridge will provide a critical link for the forestry freight network in the region,” Mr Albanese said.

“Replacing the Tebrakunna Bridge is the first of many projects included in the North-East Freight Routes package to upgrade roads across Tasmania’s north-east.

“The bridge will improve road safety for heavy vehicle and increase the efficiency of freight routes for regional industries.

Mr Sturges said the previous bridge was washed away by floodwaters in August 2007.

“Heavy vehicles currently share the Weldborough Pass of the Tasman Highway with other motorists.

“The replacement bridge will provide a shorter, more efficient transport link and will remove heavy vehicles from tourist routes, providing safer driving conditions for motorists.

The contract is being managed by Dorset Council and has been awarded to VEC Civil Engineering. It is expected to be complete by mid-2010.