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Construction commences on improving key Tasmania freight routes

The Tasmanian government says the works on Derwent Valley bridges will improve freight connectivity in the state

The Tasmanian and federal governments have announced that works to improve three bridges on key transport routes in the Derwent Valley have commenced. 

Works include two bridge crossings being removed on the Styx River in Bushy Park and Glenora and the strengthening of the Gordon River Road crossing along the River Derwent Bridge. 

The Tasmanian government says these works will improve the level of service for heavy vehicle freight and community access in Tasmania.  

“The crossings along the Styx River and Gordon River Road are under more demand than ever from locals, freight and tourists, which is why we’re investing in these upgrades to ensure they’re fit-for-purpose long into the future,” federal regional development minister Kirsty McBain says. 

“It’s fantastic to see these upgrades underway – with our $5 million investment in these works being part of our commitment to upgrading ageing road networks across regional and rural Australia.” 

A combined $13 million investment has been allocated to the project by the federal and Tasmanian governments and Hydro Tasmania. The federal government’s $5 million investment comes under its Bridges Renewal Program. 

Construction commenced on the three projects on February 13, with works expected to be completed by April 2025. 

“The new crossing at Glenora will also provide pedestrians with a separated path over the bridge, while both Styx River bridges will be wider to provide better access for both heavy vehicles and cyclists,” Tasmania transport and infrastructure minister Michael Ferguson says. 

“Strengthening the River Derwent Bridge on Gordon River Road will allow it to better manage future transport and freight needs.” 

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