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All-abilities pedestrian and cycling bridge for Hobart

HOBART residents and visitors will soon be able to enjoy a new all-abilities pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Tasman Highway.

The bridge development is primarily funded by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Public Fund.

The fund, that supports initiatives that help leave a lasting and unifying legacy for all Australians, will provide $8 million to the development and the City of Hobart will balance out the total development costs of $11 million.

The goal of the project is to create a system of people-friendly pathways linking prominent Hobart facilities.

In this case, the development will link Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre, Sullivans Cove, the Regatta Ground, the intercity cycleway, the Domain and eventually, Macquarie Point.

The bridge is made of Tasmanian fabricated steel sourced from Haywards in Launceston and is constructed by Fulton Hogan.

It will showcase a high quality design developed from Denton Corker Marshall, one of Australia’s leading architectural firms, in partnership with Arup, Inspiring Place and BPSM Architects.

The design is intended to be visually pleasing and display well both during daylight and after dark.

Initial works have commenced to build the bridge abutments in the cenotaph grounds off McVilly Drive, as well as in the Queens Domain, near the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre.

The final component of the works will be to install the bridge span which will connect the abutments and allow for pedestrian access across the highway.

Once finished, Hobart residents will be able to enjoy the all-abilities bridge in their travels between facilities.

The bridge is expected to be completed later in 2018.

For more information, visit hobartcity.com.au/tasmanbridge.

Caption: Artist’s impression of the bicycle and pedestrian bridge. Photo credit: City of Hobart.

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