Feasibility studies to begin for second Cam River crossing

Following the October flooding, which damaged the existing Cam River bridge, feasibility studies will begin on sites for a second river crossing.

The Department of State Growth will be tasked with identifying locations for an alternative crossing in recognition of the strategic importance of the Cam River Bridge to families, communities and industries that depend on it every day.

Premier and Liberal Member for Braddon Jeremy Rockliff said:

“While the replacement Cam River Bridge now under construction will be stronger, higher and wider than the existing Bridge, our Government is committed to ensuring our communities west of Cooee are not inconvenienced in this way ever again.”

“That’s why we are committed to investigating the feasibility of an alternative crossing, with potential locations to be explored by State Growth.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson said:

“The need for improved access over the Cam River was established in the Bass Highway (Cooee to Wynyard) Planning Study of 2019, which resulted in the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s commitment to the new bridge under construction.”

“The existing 60 year-old bridge is past its useful design life and needs to be demolished, so we will look at options for a second crossing over the Cam River, either further upstream or adjacent to the new bridge under construction on the Bass Highway.”

“The feasibility work will identify the pros and cons of a connection between the council roads upstream compared to a duplication of the Bridge at the Bass Highway.

“This project absolutely must involve consultation with Bass Highway users and local individuals and businesses who would be impacted under the options.’’

The Bass Highway on either side of the bridge is a single lane in each direction. As such, any duplication of the current bridge across the Cam River on the Bass Highway would require the duplication of the Bass Highway to avoid traffic and safety issues caused by the need for vehicles to merge back into a single carriageway after crossing the bridge. That’s why careful consultation is needed.

Duplication of the Bass Highway through Cooee would inevitably involve significant property acquisitions and business disruptions, including the likely removal of parking.

A second crossing upstream would be through suburban streets on the local road network, which would have its own challenges to consider and work through.

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