A new purpose-built pre-cast concrete production facility north of Hobart will support the construction of the $786 million New Bridgewater Bridge.
The bridge – the biggest transport infrastructure project in Tasmania’s history – is being delivered by construction contractor McConnell Dowell, with major works currently underway.
Over the next 18 months, the newly opened concrete facility will produce the 1082 concrete bridge segments that will form the deck of the 1.2km-long New Bridgewater Bridge.
Each weighing between 50 and 90 tonnes and measuring 15m wide, the segments will be cast from five moulds and will be stored on site before being transported two kilometres down the road to the construction site, where they will be lifted into place on the new structure.
At peak production, the facility will produce up to five bridge segments per day, employing about 90 people, and will remain in place following the completion of the project for use on future projects across the state.
“Creating jobs, upskilling workers, and supporting Tasmanian industry is a key focus of the New Bridgewater Bridge project,” said Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson.
“Around a quarter of the workforce will be new to the industry, with many coming through the project’s pre-employment program that was rolled out earlier this year.”
Construction of the project’s temporary bridge is due to be completed next month, with work underway to build the bridge abutments on the northern and southern shores, and the first of 42 concrete bridge piers to be poured in coming weeks.
The $786 million project is jointly funded by the Federal and Tasmanian governments, which are committing $628.8 million and $157.2 million respectively.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King said: “The Australian Government is pleased to be funding, with the Tasmanian Government, this much-needed bridge replacement, improving safety, streamlining passenger and freight travel, as well as providing employment opportunities for the construction of this and future bridges.
“Upskilling and employing locals on a project of this size and scale will provide improved job and career opportunities for Tasmanians.”
Traffic is expected to be driving on the new bridge by the end of 2024, with the overall project complete early in 2025.
For more information about the project and to view an animation showing how the concrete segments are lifted onto the new bridge, visit: www.bridgewaterbridge.tas.gov.au