Bridge Installation – Tasman Highway Closure
The City of Hobart is working with Fulton Hogan – our bridge construction partner – to install a new, all-abilities pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Tasman Highway to link two of Hobart’s most significant places of remembrance – the Cenotaph and Soldiers Memorial Avenue on the Queens Domain.
Our construction partner, Fulton Hogan has advised that the installation of the main spans of the Tasman Highway Bridge, originally scheduled for the weekend of 23 – 26 November, will not be going ahead given that the predicted weather during this period will make it not safe to lift the 110-tonne bridge sections into place.
As soon as a new date for the installation of the bridge has been set, we will communicate this to yourself and the general public.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Planning your trip during the Tasman Highway closure
Expect delays of at least 30 minutes or longer at peak travel times.
Allow extra time for travel and follow the detour signs.
Avoid unnecessary travel (particularly on the Tasman Bridge).
If you are travelling from north of Risdon Road to the eastern shore or north of Lindisfarne to the western shore, please use the Bowen Bridge.
If you are travelling to the airport, please allow enough time to catch your flight.
If you are using public transport, please check updated timetables.
There will still be access to the city centre and the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre will operate as usual.
The City of Hobart is committed to minimising disruption and we kindly ask for your understanding and cooperation.
- Access to CORNELIAN BAY and THE CEMETERY will be available. Take the Brooker Highway to access Cornelian Bay, if you are coming from the eastern shore consider using the Bowen Bridge.
- Access to the QUEENS DOMAIN sporting precinct will be available and local traffic will be managed in the Domain.
- Access to the GLEBE will be available for local traffic.
- Access to the ROYAL TASMANIAN BOTANICAL GARDENS AND GOVERNMENT HOUSE will be available. Local traffic will be managed in the Domain.
- The REGATTA GROUNDS will not be available for parking during the weekend bridge installation. Pedestrian and bicycle paths will be retained; however, expect some minor detours.
- Access to the DOONE KENNEDY HOBART AQUATIC CENTRE will be maintained. We request that patrons access the Centre via Aberdeen Street. Bollards will be relocated to allow access. Traffic controls will detour patrons away from the Tasman highway, please ensure that you adhere to detours. The Aquatic Centre car park will be available only for patrons using the Centre, and this area will be actively monitored.
- PUBLIC TRANSPORT and EMERGENCY SERVICE VEHICLES will have priority access.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
FULTON HOGAN Communications:
- P 0409 673 776
- E THMB@fultonhogan.com.au
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FAQs about the Tasman Highway closure
Will there be parking on the Regatta Ground?
While there will be no parking on the Regatta ground, there will still be very limited parking in the dirt paved car park adjacent to the main grassed area. Access will remain to the lower Regatta area, including the public boat ramp.
Will recreational facilities in the Glebe and/or on the Domain still be accessible to me during this time period?
There will be ‘local area traffic’ access for Glebe/Queens Domain residents and facility users via Davenport Street, Lillie Street, Edwards Street or Cleary’s Gates Road. When travelling from the south along Brooker Avenue or from the city, Glebe residents will need to detour up Argyle Street, down Warwick Street and turn right on to Brooker Avenue to access their street.
Will there be any construction noise associated with the road closure period?
There will be heavy equipment operating on the Tasman Highway between Macquarie Point and the bridge itself from 7 pm – 1 am on the Friday night of the closure period.
The construction works involve multiple large cranes, semi-trucks, skid steer loaders and other machinery. For safety reasons reversing alarms on vehicles and associated plant equipment will need to be used during this period.
Shift changes will occur at 6 am and 6 pm each day, with vehicles arriving and departing the work site at these times.
Large diesel generators will be in operation for the full closure period.
About the bridge
The 2013 Queens Domain Master Plan identified the need to construct a link over the Tasman Highway as one of a number of ways to enliven and further develop each of the principle precincts of the Domain as activity centres. The Master Plan states: ‘The Queens Domain is a public asset that should be developed as a major destination for residents within and visitors to Southern Tasmania. The Queens Domain should be the “jewel in the crown” of the city’s parks and open space.' The new bridge seeks to enhance access the Domain for education, recreation, health and enjoyment, for both Hobart residents and visitors.
The location for the new bridge builds on the City’s Inner City Action Plan, responding directly to key recommendations from the Gehl Architects Report, Hobart 2010 Public Spaces and Public Life – a city with people in mind. The report recommends making walking the most attractive mode of transport by giving high priority to pedestrians to create more lively and social environments. An important part of that aim is to provide convenient walking links to key destinations.
For more information, visit the Inner City Action Plan webpage and the Queens Domain webpage for the Queens Domain Master Plan 2013-33.
The pedestrian and cycling bridge will provide a safe connection between the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre, the many sporting facilities on the Domain and the Regatta Grounds, the intercity cycleway and Sullivans Cove.
One of Australia’s leading architectural firms Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) designed the bridge in partnership with Arup, Inspiring Place, and BPSM Architects.
The works on the bridge use local subcontractors and suppliers, along with steel fabricated by Haywards – a Launceston-based premier steel fabrication and engineering company. Protective measures are also in place to preserve vegetation and cultural heritage sites during the build.
The overall cost of the bridge is $11 million. $8 million is being provided by the Australian Government through the Anzac Centenary Public Fund, with the Tasmanian Government initially underwriting this cost. The balance of the cost is funded by the City of Hobart.
The Centenary of ANZAC commemorates 100 years of service and sacrifice by Australian service men and women in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations since World War One.
- A high quality design to provide a visually striking gateway into the city of Hobart.
- Accessible to people of all abilities.
- Well-lit for the safety of all users.
- 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.
FAQs about the pedestrian and bicycle bridge
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.
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.