New bridges for St Marys and Upper Scamander

Media Release

DC144/2017

31 May 2017

Joint release with:

Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

Mick Tucker

Mayor

  • Four ageing wooden bridges to be replaced with structures able to last a century
  • Upgrades avoid the need for load limits, benefiting industries such as livestock, quarrying and logging
  • Work on $665,000 project has commenced

Four timber bridges in the St Marys region and at Upper Scamander are being replaced, with structures designed to last over 100 years.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government is delivering on its election commitment and providing $45.3 million to land transport infrastructure in Tasmania.

“Providing road upgrades to connect communities and keep the Tasmanian economy moving is a key driver of the Australian Government’s record $75 billion infrastructure investment package,” Mr Chester said.

“Investing in these bridge replacements will cut maintenance costs in the future and provide efficiencies to industries such as livestock, quarrying and logging in the area.”

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Jonathon Duniam said the works would also benefit local residents and tourists.

“Upgrading the four bridges will increase load limits, benefiting businesses in the region, while improving safety and access,” Senator Duniam said.

“The new bridges will be built to last approximately 100 years, which will reduce the ongoing maintenance costs and increase the resilience of this essential infrastructure.”

Break O’Day Mayor Mick Tucker said works on the project commenced this month and completion of the upgrades are expected in mid-2018.

“Two of the bridges are located on Harefield Road in St Marys and cross Green Valley Creek and Break O’Day Tributary. Another is on Cloverbanks Road over St Patricks Creek, while the fourth bridge is located on Upper Scamander Road at Upper Scamander,” Cr Tucker said.

The Australian Government has committed $300,000 and Break O’Day Council $365,000 in total to replace the four bridges.