Tasmanian bridge upgrades for freight efficiency progressing

The $19 million Freight Access Bridge project has completed the upgrades of seven bridges and is now looking to start works on six more.

The statewide program is now well into its second year and is part of Tasmanian State budget 2019/20, which has invested more than $1.6 billion with an aim to increase infrastructure funding for job creation.

The current program, due for completion this month, involved strengthening seven bridges in the state’s north and north west.

The upgrades are aimed at improving key freight routes that connect Tasmania’s ports, transport hubs and major industries.

Earlier this week tenders were called to strengthen an additional six bridges, with works expected to commence later this year.

Bridges have so far been upgraded at several locations on the Bass Highway and work is nearly complete for the bridge at the Mount Pleasant interchange underpass on the Midland Highway.

The next six bridges to be strengthened are located in the north east and south of the state.

These are the Pipers River bridge, Little Forester River flood opening, the Humphrey Rivulet bridge, Berriedale rail underpass, North West Bay River bridge and the Leslie Road underpass.

The Freight Access Bridge Upgrade Program was developed together with industry and local government stakeholders to support the movement of freight around the state, ensuring Tasmania’s economy can continue to develop and grow.

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