Three tenders awarded for major projects

THREE joint ventures have tendered for the $243-million Brighton Bypass and Transport Hub when tenders closed recently.

Minister for Infrastructure, Graeme Sturges, said the projects were vital components of joint Tasmanian-Australian Government plans to upgrade the northern approaches to Hobart.

“The Australian Government’s decision to bring forward funding for the bypass will allow us to accelerate work, which is welcome news for the State’s civil construction industry,” Mr Sturges said.

“Planning work has already started for the bypass, which will cut travelling time on the Midland Highway and improve safety in the built-up areas at its southern end.

“Bypassing of Brighton and Pontville will significantly improve connections to the developing Brighton Industrial Estate and future Brighton Transport Hub.

Mr Sturges said that the Brighton Transport Hub would provide a modern road-rail interchange and freight distribution hub to improve the efficiency of freight movement into and out of southern Tasmania.

Preliminary construction is due to start in April 2009 and work is scheduled for completion in 2012.