New Bridgewater Bridge

Under Procurement
New Bridgewater Bridge

The new Bridgewater Bridge will replace the current bridge that links the Brooker and Midland Highways. The current bridge needs replacing as it is reaching the end of its serviceable life and does not meet contemporary loading and design standards. It is also operated as a vertical lift bridge, which limits access for boats.

The Tasmanian Government released eight design requirements for the new bridge:

  • a new river crossing between the Brooker Highway and Midland Highway, including connections to the Lyell Highway.
  • a minimum design speed of 80 km/h.
  • inclusion of two lanes in each direction.
  • grade separation of the Lyell Highway Junction at Granton and Black Snake Lane at Granton.
  • a minimum airdraft clearance consistent with the navigable clearance under the Bowen Bridge.
  • a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • safety screens and barriers, and
  • the new bridge will not preclude the future use of the existing rail corridor.

Key Dates

Aug 2020 RFP Open
Oct 2020 RFP Close
Nov 2021 Expected Contract Award
Jan 2022 Expected Construction Commencement
2025 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Federal Government
Tasmanian Government


Procuring Agency: Tasmanian Government
Shortlist: McConnell Dowell and CPB Contractors


Jan 2018 The Tasmanian Government submitted the project business case to Infrastructure Australia for review. The proposed new bridge will be four lanes, with the railway crossing remaining on the current bridge.
Jul 2020 The Tasmanian Government released eight design requirements for the bridge, with the decision of whether to retain the existing bridge still undecided.
Aug 2020 An online briefing was held for details on the RFP.
Aug 2020 The Tasmanian Government issued Request for Proposal for Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) for the Design and Construct (D&C) contract of the bridge. Proposals are intended to provide a basis for shortlisting two tenderers that will participate in a competitive ECI process, resulting in the successful tenderer being awarded the D&C contract.
Oct 2020 The project's reference designs were released for community feedback, closing on 13 November.
Dec 2020 McConnell Dowell and CPB Contractors were shortlisted to partake in the competitive Early Contractor Involvement process to develop designs and construction methods for the bridge.
Dec 2020 The project was declared Tasmania's first 'Major Project' under new legislation with the aim to coordinate assessment processes and approvals.
Jul 2021 The Department of State Growth opened tenders for an Independent Verifier, closing on 8 September.
Aug 2021 The 2021-22 Tasmanian Budget allocated $30 million for the project in FY2021-22.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Tasmania | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Initiative (medium-term, 5-10 years)
Tender notices
Project pages
Tasmanian Government