Bridgewater: Old Main Road is new again

AS major construction on the new Bridgewater Bridge continues, significant traffic changes will take place in Bridgewater from Friday this week and will remain in place until traffic is moved onto the new bridge in 2025.

From 7pm this Friday, February 23, initial changes will see the Midland Highway closed from near the Bridgewater Bridge to the new Midland Highway on and off ramps, with all traffic temporarily moving onto Old Main Rd and using the new Midland Highway on and off ramps. This will remain the case two days while the pedestrian overpass near McDonald’s is safely removed over the weekend, while southbound heavy vehicles will be diverted along East Derwent Highway.

From Monday, February 26, northbound Midland Hwy traffic will move onto the recently upgraded Old Main Rd, using a new Midland Hwy on-ramp to travel north, while traffic travelling south through Bridgewater towards the existing bridge will stay on the Midland Hwy.

The changes will allow for the construction of the northern approach to the new bridge, reconstruction of Boyer Rd to tie in to the new Boyer Rd underpass, and construction of the new Midland Hwy off-ramp into Bridgewater. Boyer Rd between Old Main Rd and the Midland Hwy will be closed.

Boyer Rd motorists travelling to Hobart will turn left into Old Main Rd, onto the new Midland Hwy on-ramp and travel to the East Derwent Hwy roundabout to then travel south on the Midland Hwy or continue on the East Derwent Hwy.

Midland Hwy southbound traffic will be able to access Old Main Rd, Boyer Rd and local businesses by making a U-turn south of the existing Boyer Rd roundabout. The Midland Hwy southbound bus stop will remain in place just south of the Gunn St intersection, while the northbound bus stop will be temporarily located at Old Main Rd, opposite the McDonalds entry.

Safe pedestrian access, and access to private properties will be maintained at all times, with pedestrians asked to follow all signage and cross at designated crossing points. Drivers travelling through the area are asked to always follow posted speed limits, watch out for workers and obey any instructions given by traffic controllers.

For more information about the upcoming traffic changes in Bridgewater, including a detour map for heavy vehicles, or to view the latest flythrough footage of the project, please visit http://bridgewaterbridge.tas.gov.au

Pictured: A recent photo of the road construction work at Bridgewater associated with the new bridge.

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