McConnell Dowell appoints Jacobs as the design consultant for the New Bridgewater Bridge in Tasmania


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Jacobs has been selected to provide detailed design services for the $786 million New Bridgewater Bridge project in Hobart, Tasmania.

A significant transport infrastructure project for the region, the new bridge will make travel safer and more efficient for thousands of commuters each day and deliver a wide range of socio-economic benefits.

Part of the Hobart City Deal, the 10-year framework to guide and encourage further investment in the city, the Tasmanian government estimates the project value to be $566 million (AU $786 million). Major construction is set to begin in mid-2022 with traffic planned to travel over the new bridge by the end of 2024.

“Through this significant infrastructure project, Jacobs is helping to deliver more efficient and reliable travel between north and south Tasmania by applying our capabilities in structural design, flood modelling, transit planning, intelligent transport and roadway design,” said Jacobs People & Places Solutions Senior Vice President and General Manager Keith Lawson. “This project also builds on a history of projects we’ve helped deliver through our experienced team based in our Hobart office, to create a more connected, sustainable and growing region.”

The project will see the existing 76-year-old, two-lane lift bridge over the River Derwent replaced with a new modern four-lane bridge with enhanced interchanges and a safe, dedicated pedestrian and cyclist pathway. Jacobs will provide design services for all roads, interchanges, ramps and underpasses, as well as structural design of the Boyer Road bridge, Black Snake Road bridge and watercourse structures.

“Partnering with Jacobs, a global company with a history of working locally in Tasmania, will bring considerable design service benefits to this state-changing project,” said McConnell Dowell Victoria and Tasmania General Manager David Sims.

In December 2021, the Tasmanian Government announced McConnell Dowell as the preferred bidder to deliver the New Bridgewater Bridge and also increased the estimated cost of the project from $576 million to $786 million. Construction will support around 830 jobs, including the creation of more than 200 new jobs for Tasmanians. The estimated investment of planned Tasmanian Government, local government and known private sector projects is more than $25 billion over the next decade.

Source: ©2022 Jacobs

Source: Tasmanian Government

Image Source: © Tasmanian Government – New Bridgewater Bridge Project 

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