Bridge budget in question - The Mercury

FEDERAL infrastructure officials are waiting for contractors chosen to work on Bridgewater bridge designs to let the government know if it is possible for the project to be built on budget.

In a Senate estimates hearing focusing on rural and regional affairs and transport, Tasmanian Labor Senator Carol Brown asked if the $576m bridge project would meet government timelines and costings.

Contractors are working on final designs, with a contract due to be awarded in late 2021, building to start in 2022 and the project to be finished in late 2024.

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications assistant secretary Sarah Nattey said she was confident about the current timelines for the bridge.

“What’s different is there’s a very experienced project manager who also managed the delivery of the new Royal Hobart Hospital … they have a very strong team behind them,” she said, adding the contractors would inform the government about the likely final cost.

Labor Lyons MHR Brian Mitchell said it was alarming departmental officials could not rule out budget blowouts to the project - Blair Richards (The Mercury)

March 24, 2021