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Tasman Bridge upgrade designs released

New concept plans have been shown to the public as the Hobart bridge upgrades will open it to more types of transport

The federal government has released concept plans for the upcoming improvements to the Tasman Bridge ahead of public consultation.

The bridge works will be the first major upgrade to the bridge since 1975 and is a commitment under the Hobart City Deal to improve access in the city.

The $130 million project is jointly funded by the federal and Tasmanian governments, with each committing $65 million.

Major improvements will include providing a 3.5-metre-wide pathway on each side of the bridge, heightened safety barriers, upgraded maintenance infrastructure and feature lighting.

Vitally, the bridge will be structurally strengthened to support the addition of the bigger pathways and allow for future traffic demands.

Federal transport minister Catherine King says the works are necessary to modernising the Hobart freight corridor.

“The Tasman Bridge forms part of the key urban freight and passenger corridor in Hobart, being a vital link between the eastern and western suburbs of the city,” King says.

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“The federal government is committed to improving road safety and access, to ensure commuters get home safe and sound, and that’s exactly what this upgrade is all about.”

There will be displays of the concept designs at the offices of Clarence City Council and City of Hobart, and at the Eastlands Shopping Centre, Bellerive Yacht Club, Lindisfarne Sailing Club and Libraries Tasmania’s Hobart library.

Feedback will be used to inform the development of a reference design, which will also be made public.

A tender for the final design and construction of the upgrade will be released in late 2022, with construction expected to start from mid 2023.

Tasmanian transport minister Michael Ferguson says the upgrades to the landmark will help make transport more efficient for all users.

“The upgrade will make this iconic and much-loved Tasmanian landmark and critical transport link more suitable for contemporary demands, including the growing number of people looking for an alternative to car use,” Ferguson says.

Franklin federal member Julie Collins says: “I know more and more Eastern Shore residents are choosing to walk or ride on the Tasman Bridge so these upgrades are critical for safety.”

“I encourage residents to take the opportunity to provide feedback on the concept designs.”

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