PLANS to shut down the Tasman Highway for three days in mid-October to allow for the installation of a new all-abilities pedestrian and bicycle bridge linking the Cenotaph and Soldiers Memorial on the Queen’s Domain have been cancelled.
The Tasman Highway was scheduled to be closed between the Tasman Bridge and Brooker Avenue from 7pm Friday 12 October to 6am Monday 15 October.
The City of Hobart released the following statement:
“Contractors have advised that the raising of the span of the Tasman Highway Bridge, originally scheduled for the weekend of the 12-15 October, will not be going ahead.
“As a result of this, the Tasman Highway will not be closed over the weekend of 12-15 October.
“We are awaiting further information from our contractors as to when a possible alternative date for the lift will be.
“As soon as we are made aware of a new date, we will communicate this to the public.
“We are currently in the process of notifying all affected stakeholders and hope to provide a full briefing to them as soon as possible.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused to the public.”
One of Australia’s leading architectural firms Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) designed the bridge in partnership with Arup, Inspiring Place, and BPSM Architects.
The works on the bridge use local subcontractors and suppliers, along with steel fabricated by Haywards – a Launceston-based premier steel fabrication and engineering company.
The bridge, which links two of Hobart’s most significant places of remembrance, is timed to be completed by 11 November 2018 to align with the Centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918.
The total cost of the bridge is $11 million.
$8 million is being provided by the Australian Government through the Anzac Centenary Public Fund, with the Tasmanian Government initially underwriting this cost.
The balance of the cost is funded by the City of Hobart.
The Centenary of ANZAC commemorates 100 years of service and sacrifice by Australian service men and women in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations since World War One.
*This story was updated following the announcement of the delay in the Tasman Highway closure. The hard-copy newspaper went to press (3 October) before the cancellation was announced (5 October) and could not be amended. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Caption: A detour, pictured above, was scheduled to be in place when the Tasman Highway was closed to link Cenotaph and Soldiers Memorial on the Queen’s Domain.