McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce that the Tasmanian Department of State Growth have selected McConnell Dowell as preferred contractor for the Design and Construction of the New Bridgewater Bridge.

This iconic project will replace the existing lift span bridge built in the 1940s, and provide a new modern contemporary bridge spanning 1 km over the River Derwent.

McConnell Dowell’s chosen design features a new, four lane bridge downstream of the existing bridge including enhanced interchanges at Granton and Bridgewater, a dedicated shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians and a navigation height matching the Bowen Bridge.

The upgrade will benefit the 22,000 people that travel across the bridge each day, including local residents, commuters and freight vehicles and will fix the missing link in Tasmania’s national highway. 

Together with our design partners Jacobs, Tony Gee and Partners, Tonkin and Taylor and Wood Marsh, Pitt & Sherry and construction partners, bridge specialist VSL we are proud to be providing an innovative design and a Tasmanian focused delivery strategy - teaming with key local constructors Batchelor, BridgePro, Hazel Brothers and VEC to ensure maximum value add for Tasmania whilst drawing on best international experience and practice.

Dr. David Sims, General Manager for McConnell Dowell across Victoria and Tasmania, said “We really focussed on collaborating with the local market, making sure that the project we designed could be delivered with local contractors in cooperation with some specialists from the mainland. We are looking to engaging with the local community to deliver this iconic project for Tasmania.”

The new Bridgewater Bridge will cut travel times for Tasmanian commuters, create construction jobs and improve freight routes, boosting the local economy thanks to the Tasmanian Government’s focus on local involvement.

Major construction starts mid-2022 following the receipt of a planning permit, and the award of the Design and Construct contract.

For more information and to view the chosen design and 3D flythrough animation, visit