Tasman Highway Bridge closure postponed due to weather

Due to expected high winds the closure of the Tasman Highway planned for the weekend beginning 2 November will not be going ahead.

Fulton Hogan Project Manager, Matthew Grundy, explained: “We were all set to go ahead this weekend, however with the Tasmanian Bureau of Meteorology predicting winds in excess of 35-40km/hr, and potential gusts in excess of 80km/hr, we can’t safely lift the 110 tonne bridge sections into place and have been forced to cancel the planned works.” 

“It is now unlikely we will find another opportunity to complete the main connection of the bridge prior to Remembrance Day.”

“We’re extremely disappointed the bridge will not be ready for Remembrance Day celebrations, however as we are unable to guarantee the safety of our workers and the community due to the wind conditions, we are left with no choice but to cancel the placement of the bridge sections.  Safety is our priority.”

City of Hobart General Manager, Nick Heath said “While this is disappointing, safety must always come first. We understand Fulton Hogan’s decision to ensure safety of their staff. A new date for the lift will be advised as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

 

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.  

 

Key features

  • 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.

Bridge over the Tasman Highway - artist's impression.

 

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 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.

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.