Wed 20 Apr 2016

Tanya Denison, the Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Contractors Federation, has today welcomed the state government’s announcement that it will seek funding through the next five-year round of the Federal Government’s Infrastructure Investment Program to replace the Bridgewater Bridge.

“It is good to see the government has indicated that it acknowledges the need for the replacement of the Bridgewater Bridge. Since the Hobart Railyards were shut down and freight activities were relocated to Brighton, heavy vehicle traffic has undoubtedly increased on the Bridgewater Bridge. Meanwhile, larger loads destined for Hobart are still forced to bypass off the state’s main highway route”, said Miss Denison.

“It is frustrating however that this announcement is merely an intention to apply for funds from the federal government. The CCF would have hoped that as the existing bridge is clearly no longer fit for purpose, as shown by its frequent break downs, that at this time there would have been an actual commitment made to replace the bridge.”

Article published by The Mercury, 19th April 2016