A Request for Proposal (RFP) has been released to market for the $576 million new Bridgewater Bridge project in Tasmania, which means Tasmanians are a step closer to driving on a new river crossing.
This project is the State’s largest investment in a single transport infrastructure project to date and it is part of the $1.43 billion Hobart City Deal that was signed last year. You can read more about the Hobart City Deal here.
“The new bridge will deliver a more reliable journey for drivers, freight operators and the local community.
“The release of the RFP to market is a major step forward in this once-in-a-generation infrastructure project. Suitably qualified contractors will be able to submit proposals detailing their qualifications, capability and capacity to undertake the project,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said.
According to Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson, the plan for this project was to have two tenderers compete in a competitive Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process that will commence later this year.
“During that phase, tenderers will work collaboratively with the Tasmanian Department of State Growth in refining and developing their individual tenders for the design and construction of the project.
“The intention is to award a design and construct contract by the end of next year, as we continue to deliver this important and complex piece of infrastructure that will benefit all Tasmanians,” Mr Ferguson said.
Involving two contractors in the early stages of the project’s design phase will allow for closer involvement in the development of detailed designs as well as provide opportunity for industry innovation and construction efficiencies.
“While qualified tenderers will be eligible to ensure a competitive environment that drives value for money outcomes, there will also be a number of opportunities for local industry to get involved in the project, bringing local knowledge and expertise,” Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said.
The winning contractor will be encouraged to utilize local content where possible. The builder will also be required to prepare a Tasmanian Industry Participation Plan as part of the Tasmanian Government’s Buy Local policy that required contractors to commit to fulfilling economic and social benefits to Tasmanian industry, businesses and jobs.
Construction on the new Bridgewater Bridge is expected to begin in 2022 and is due to open to traffic by the end of 2024.
Earlier this year, eight approved design requirements were released, and these were determined through community consultation as well as an engagement with Infrastructure Australia.
The approved design requirements include:
More works will soon begin on Tasmania’s South East Traffic Solution development with the release of designs for major projects along the Hobart to Sorell Corridor. In addition, the Australian Government has approved a $92.6 million funding for the delivery of the three major projects.
A new Bridgewater river crossing in Tasmania is one step closer to becoming a reality with the release of the approved design requirements for the $576 million new Bridgewater Bridge project – the State’s largest investment in a single transport infrastructure project to date.
Construction to replace the Avon River Bridge in Stratford, Victoria is one step closer to commencing, with the beginning of the Advanced Tender Notice (ATN) and pre-qualification process for the $95 million project.
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