New North Esk River pedestrian and cycle bridge officially open

Roger Jaensch,Minister for Strategic Growth

The Hon Paul Fletcher, Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts and,Bridget Archer, Federal Member for Bass

The development of the University of Tasmania’s new Inveresk campus has reached an important milestone with the official opening of the North Esk River pedestrian and cycle bridge.

The new $5 million North Esk River pedestrian and cycle bridge is a key community asset that provides a vital link between the Inveresk precinct and the Launceston CBD.

The bridge is part of the first stage of construction of the $283.4 million redevelopment of the University of Tasmania – a major initiative under the $536 million Launceston City Deal.

The staged approach to the development of the Inveresk campus is allowing for more ongoing work for apprentices and other employees, maximising the benefits to local Launceston companies and businesses.

Local specialists BridgePro Engineering were engaged to build the bridge and construction started in March 2020. The structural steel components of the bridge were built by Haywards, another local company.

The redevelopment of the University of Tasmania in Launceston includes relocating the Launceston campus to Inveresk, strengthening the future of the Australian Maritime College, establishing Launceston as the home of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, and establishing the Defence and Maritime Innovation and Design Precinct at Newnham.

The project is funded under the Launceston City Deal, with the Commonwealth contributing $130 million, the Tasmanian Government contributing $60 million, the local government contributing $5.4 million, and the University of Tasmania contributing $88 million.

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