New access road and bridge for Bridport

Media Release

DC146/2017

01 June 2017

Joint release with:

David Bushby

Senator for Tasmania
Chief Government Whip in the Senate

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Greg Howard

Mayor

  • New road and bridge into Bridport from the west will cut travel times and freight costs, remove trucks from the town centre and provide a second emergency exit for Bridport
  • Access improvements to boost local tourism and dairy industries
  • Australian Government committed $193 million to Tasmanian infrastructure in 2017-18 alone

The Australian Government is investing up to $1.9 million to build Bridport Western Access Road, with construction to commence later this year.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project was another example of the Turnbull-Joyce Government injecting funds into Tasmania and supporting jobs.

“Building a new bridge crossing the Brid River, and constructing 2.65 kilometres of new road into Bridport, from the west, will cut travel times and freight costs, divert trucks away from the town centre, and improve access to the town,” Mr Chester said.

“In addition, the project will provide a direct link to the key freight link in the north-east via Bridport Road.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the project will have numerous benefits for the community and broader Tasmanian economy.

“Bridport is set for a jobs boom from the expansion of dairy producer Clovelly Dairy's operations in the area, and the Bridport Western Access Road will help harness those opportunities,” Mr Hidding said.

“Cutting the number of trucks forced to travel through the town centre will also have significant safety and amenity benefits for the local community.”

Tasmanian Liberal Senator David Bushby said the Australian Government's infrastructure commitment would cut travel times and help drive business efficiencies.

“Our record infrastructure investment will lift the state's productivity and drive economic growth,” Senator Bushby said.

“The Bridport Western Access Road will remove a major barrier to traffic, especially for caravans and recreational vehicles, providing a boost for Tasmania's tourism industry.”

Dorset Council Mayor Greg Howard said the project is a shining example of the three levels of government cooperating to deliver crucial road infrastructure.

“We are expecting a substantial increase in both tourist and residential traffic in and around Bridport, bringing huge employment opportunities,” Cr Howard said.

“Works are expected to begin in late-2017 and completed in late-2018.”

The Australian Government has committed up to $1.9 million, the Tasmanian Government up to $1 million, and Dorset Council up to $1.385 million to deliver the project.