Brighton Council welcomes Bridgewater Bridge announcement

BRIGHTON Council has welcomed the announcement by the State Government for the construction of a new Bridgewater Bridge to replace the current obsolete structure.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said the proposed new bridge, to be funded by the Federal and State Governments, has been identified as a priority project by Infrastructure Australia.

The bridge announcement followed a Cabinet meeting with Brighton Council.

Cr Foster said the design prepared by the Tasmanian Government for the new 16 metre-high, four-lane structure, similar to the Bowen Bridge, would overcome a serious bottleneck on the Midland Highway.

“At the same time, retaining the old Bridgewater Bridge will keep open the transport corridor to Hobart for a future light rail or dedicated bus service option to extend to Brighton.

“This is in line with Brighton Council’s view that Bridgewater / Brighton is the ideal location for park and ride facilities and future transport services using the former rail corridor must extend to the Brighton Municipality.

“At the same time, Council determined that any new design for a replacement Bridgewater Bridge must include provision for dedicated light rail or bus lanes. Retaining the existing bridge ensures that the option remains open.

“I met with Minister Hidding and put forward Council’s view and I am pleased that our position has been taken into account.”

Cr Foster said now that a new bridge had been established as a clear priority, Brighton Council was looking for an early commitment to funding and a clear construction timetable.

“This is a key component of the main north-south transport link for private travel and transport, and the Bridgewater Bridge should have been replaced years ago.

“The Tasmanian Government’s commitment today is welcome news and now we want to see confirmation of the funding, the final design and the announcement of the construction start date.”