Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over the Tasman Highway
About the bridge
The City of Hobart is constructing a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Tasman Highway to connect the Cenotaph and Regatta Grounds with the rest of the Queens Domain. This $11 million development is funded to the amount of $8 million from the Anzac Centenary Public Fund provided by the Australian Government. The balance of this cost is being funded by the City of Hobart.
The Anzac Centenary Public Fund contributes to a range of significant projects that will help leave a lasting and unifying legacy for all Australians.
Why is the bridge needed?
The decision to build a link across the Tasman Highway was made following the completion of the 2013 Queens Domain Master Plan. The plan identified the need to provide a link between the Cenotaph and Soldiers Memorial Avenue on the Domain, two of Hobart’s most significant public spaces.
The location for the new bridge builds on the City’s Inner City Action Plan, and responds directly to the key recommendations from the Gehl Architects Report, Hobart 2010 Public Spaces and Public Life – a city with people in mind.
For more information, visit the Inner City Action Plan webpage and the Queens Domain webpage for the Queens Domain Master Plan 2013-33.
What benefits will the bridge bring?
The bridge will visually unite the landscape and provide a structure for more holistic celebrations of Hobart’s commemoration stories. This safe, all-abilities connection across the Tasman Highway will have a powerful role in activating the Domain.
It is a major component in a developing system of people-friendly pathways linking the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre, Sullivans Cove and the Regatta Ground, the intercity cycleway, the many sporting facilities in the Domain and eventually to Macquarie Point.
How was the bridge designed?
To bring the concept to life, the City of Hobart commenced a public expression of interest and tender process for the engagement of a design architect for the bridge. Denton Corker Marshall (DCM), one of Australia’s leading architectural firms, was selected.
DCM partnered with Arup engineers and local consultants Inspiring Place and BPSM Architects. The design team’s vision is a respectful response to the bridge’s location and meaning, and provides an elegant, visually striking gateway into the city of Hobart.
What are the key features of the bridge?
- well-lit, for the safety of users
- accessible to people of all abilities
- four metres wide and approximately 200 metres long
- over 6.5 m high for over-sized vehicles over two lanes of the Tasman Highway and a minimum of 5.4 m high over all other lanes
- a high quality design, which will display well both in day light and after dark
- minimal impact on existing memorials, including trees.
About the construction
Who will build the bridge?
The lead contractor is Fulton Hogan – a large infrastructure construction, roadworks and aggregate supplier company operating in Australia and New Zealand.
Fulton Hogan is a significant employer in Tasmania, with a workforce quickly approaching 80 locally based permanent employees. Their work on the bridge has ensured employment for at least 12 full time labouring positions.
The works will also require the engagement of subcontractors, suppliers, and fabricators all sourced locally.
What will the bridge be made of and where will it be manufactured?
The bridge will be made of steel fabricated by Haywards – a Launceston-based, premier steel fabrication and engineering company. Haywards has a large workforce of around 400 employees. The company fabricates heavy steel bridges and other major structural items for civil construction projects in most Australian states.
When will the construction begin and what stages will it include?
Some works have already commenced and Fulton Hogan has set up site sheds and fencing to build the bridge abutments. The abutments are being constructed in the cenotaph grounds off McVilly Drive as well as in the Queens Domain, near the aquatic centre. See the image below.
Once the abutments are constructed, what will be the next construction stage?
The final component of the works is to install the bridge span. The bridge span will be assembled and lifted into place using cranes. This will connect the abutments and allow for pedestrian access across the highway.
How long will the construction take?
The bridge is expected to be completed later in 2018.
Will there be road and footpaths closures?
The installation of the bridge span will require the closure of the Tasman Highway between Liverpool Street and Davies Avenue. The closure is necessary to complete the works safely, on time and to reduce longer, ongoing delays. The City of Hobart and Fulton Hogan are working closely to find a solution which will have a minimal impact on the local and wider community.
Fulton Hogan has engaged consultant traffic engineers pitt&sherry to undertake a traffic study in relation to potential closure options.
There will be information and assistance available leading up to the closure and at all times during the closure.
The public is asked to ensure extra time is allowed for trips.
Will the construction activities cause noise and will the environment be protected?
As this is a large-scale project there will be activities that will cause noise and dust emission. Best practice will be applied to protect the environment during construction. Environmental controls will be installed to protect sensitive receivers from the impact of construction activities. An Environmental Management Plan has been developed for the specific requirements of the project.
Water in combination with other approaches, may be used to reduce dust emission. There will be a minimal impact on existing memorials, including trees.
Will the view to the Cenotaph be blocked by the bridge?
The bridge is on a direct axis to the cenotaph, the Cenotaph is only blocked if the car on the highway is in a position where the abutments obscure the view.
There are few if any other locations where the view to the Cenotaph is blocked from view, any more than it is now. The below image illustrates where exactly the bridge will sit in relation to the Cenotaph.
Will the use of the Regatta Grounds for parking be impacted by the bridge?
There will be no impact from the bridge on the use of the Regatta Grounds for parking such as pre-Christmas and special event park and ride.
At what hours will the works be conducted?
Major construction activities will take place during the day from 7.30 am to 6 pm. Taking account of the need to minimise the impact on traffic movement, some construction may be required outside of these hours. The builder has access to the site seven days a week, but may not work all these days.
How will I find my way around the construction site?
Signage will be erected to help you find your way.
For the City of Hobart: George Wilkie on 0418 124 900 or via email email@example.com
For Fulton Hogan: Steve Eeles on 0436467349 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org