Derwent River Crossing Capacity

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Tasmania Derwent River crossing capacity
Priority Initiative
Bridgewater, Tas
Smaller cities and regional centres
National Connectivity
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Medium term (5-10 years)
Proposed By
Tasmanian Government
Date added to the IPL
17 February 2016


The Bridgewater Bridge, which is part of the National Land Transport Network, does not meet contemporary loading and design standards. The bridge provides a single lane in each direction, and has a posted speed limit of 60 km/h.

The existing bridge and causeway are near the end of their serviceable lives. The bridge has high maintenance costs due to its age, and future refurbishments will be increasingly costly and limited in effect.


Proposed initiative

The initiative involves the development of an alternative Derwent River crossing.

Next steps

The business case was evaluated by Infrastructure Australia in June 2019.

The project is undergoing further planning and assessment with support from the Australian Government and Tasmanian Government.