Prime Minister of Tasmania – Awarded $18.8 million Cam River Bridge contract

June 25, 2022

Michael Ferguson, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport

Work will begin in early July on the new River Cam bridge and junction upgrade in Somerset after Tasmanian firm VEC Civil Engineering was awarded an $18.8million contract to begin construction.

The Australian government has committed $40 million to this jointly funded $50 million project, with the remaining $10 million being funded by the Tasmanian government. The replacement of the River Cam Bridge is a key project under the Bass–Cooee to Wynyard Freeway upgrade programme.

Previous planning identified safety and traffic delays as primary concerns for people using the Bass Freeway between Cooee and Wynyard.

Wider lanes, wider shoulders and a footpath will provide more space for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, and will also facilitate traffic flow in the event of an accident or vehicle breakdown on the bridge.

The project also includes new traffic signals for the junction of the Murchison and Bass freeways, which will improve traffic flow.

The Murchison Freeway is a heavy vehicle only road and the signals will allow heavy vehicles to enter the Bass Freeway in a safer manner.

The existing bridge will be demolished after the commissioning of the new bridge.

As part of the scheme, improvements to existing traffic signal timing were completed in 2020, and the motorway realignment between Somerset and Wynyard is due to be completed by the end of this year.

Other planned projects include improving pedestrian crossings and revising speed limits.

Construction of the River Cam Bridge and Junction is expected to be completed in early 2024.

More information about the project is available at

Comments attributable to Catherine King, Federal Minister of Infrastructure, Transportation, Regional Development and Local Government:

“This project is an example of the Australian Government’s commitment to a series of projects that will improve safety, improve traffic flow and support active transport across Tasmania.

“These improvements to the Bass Freeway are expected to improve road safety and traffic congestion, in particular providing freight transport benefits as a key corridor carrying heavy vehicles to and from the Municipality of Circular Head, the West Coast , Burnie Harbor and beyond.

Comments attributable to Tasmanian Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson:

“The design was finalized after public consultation with residents in 2021.

“We have taken into account the results of this consultation to include new landscaped areas and a footpath under the bridge on the west side, linking the recreation areas and a future North West Coastal Path.

“The new bridge will also be higher, which will reduce the risk posed by flooding.”

Comments attributable to Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart:

This much needed work will make a difference for those who travel this route daily and improve safety along this busy stretch of road. »

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