New Bridgewater Bridge


Customer: Tasmanian Department of State Growth

Contract: Design and Construct

Location: Hobart, Tasmania

Project Capabilities

Marine Roads & Bridges

Fast Facts

  • 1 km long new bridge across River Derwent 
  • Four lane capacity for 22,000 daily trips
  • Two enhanced major interchanges
  • Shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians

The Tasmanian Department of State Growth has awarded McConnell Dowell the contract to design and construct the New Bridgewater Bridge in Hobart - Tasmania's largest ever transport infrastructure project.

The new one kilometre long bridge will replace the existing lift-span bridge built in the 1940s, providing a new modern crossing of the River Derwent. The new bridge will cut travel times for the 22,000 people that use the route each day. It will also improve freight routes around the state capital.

Our winning design features a new, four lane bridge constructed downstream of the existing one. Works also include enhanced interchanges at Granton and Bridgewater, and a dedicated shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians.

The McConnell Dowell team includes design partners Jacobs; Tony Gee and Partners; Tonkin and Taylor; Wood Marsh; and Pitt & Sherry. McConnell Dowell's main construction partner is bridge specialist VSL. 

With a strong focus on local involvement, the team has also engaged local constructors Batchelor, BridgePro, Hazel Brothers and VEC to maximise economic value for Tasmania.

The final design and construct contract was signed in July 2022 and major construction is due to start later the same year.

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