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Bridge upgrades to improve freight efficiency

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Infrastructure

Work to upgrade one of the state’s key freight bridges is underway, as part of the Tasmanian Government’s Freight Access Bridge Upgrade Program.

The work to strengthen the Oakleigh Rail Underpass on the Bass Highway in Burnie is the first in a series of bridge strengthening projects being delivered as part of the $19 million program.

The Freight Access Bridge Upgrade Program is in its second year and was developed together with industry and local government stakeholders. It includes strengthening a series of bridges on key freight routes that connect our ports, transport hubs and major industries.

Upgrading bridges on the state’s strategic freight network will ensure that freight operators can continue to safely and efficiently move their products around the state.

This investment in strengthening or replacing older bridges will ensure our key freight routes can continue to carry the loads necessary to support growth in our industries, and to facilitate local investment into the future.

The current series of works incorporates strengthening seven bridges in total, with works on the remaining six bridges due to start over the coming weeks.

Strengthening projects on the Bass Highway include Emu River Bridge at Wivenhoe, two Formby Road Underpasses at Devonport, Lovett Street Underpass at Ulverstone and Meander Valley Road Underpass at Travellers Rest.

On the Midland Highway, work will be undertaken on the Mount Pleasant Interchange Underpass at Launceston.

All projects are due for completion by mid-2019.

Previous works on two Blackman River Bridges at Tunbridge, the Dunrobin Bridge at Ellendale and the Jordan River Bridge at Jericho were completed in 2018 as part of the Freight Access Bridge Upgrade Program.

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