A view of the future

THE landmark Bridgewater Bridge is likely to remain for generations to come, Derwent Valley Councillors were told this week. A representative of the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources attended a councillor workshop on Thursday night, bringing with him number of images showing a new bridge built alongside the existing crossing.

The department is consulting councils and communities in the region to obtain feedback on a draft proposal which includes a $300 million two-lane bridge downstream of the old bridge. The new crossing would form part of the national highway between Hobart and Launceston, while the old bridge will be retained for local traffic, cyclists, pedestrians and trains.

The proposed new bridge includes a 16.2m clearance for river traffic, which is said to match the Bowen Bridge. There would be provision to build a further two lanes in the future. It is expected that a final proposal will be put to the Federal Government mid-year. More information is available online here.

The new bridge would connect directly to the Brooker Hwy

The new bridge will be downstream of the existing structure

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