The new Bridgewater Bridge replacement is a step closer to fruition
Tenders are now open for underwater geotechnical investigations to inform the design options for the new crossing.
It's funded 80/20 from the federal and state governments - $461 million from Canberra and $115 million from the Hodgman Government as part of the Hobart City Deal.
Infrastructure Minister Michael Fergson says it will be delivered in 2024.
"Critically, it's about linking our major Midland Highway with our capital city and so it stands to reason that in fact, it's not a bridge for Southern Tasmania, it's a bridge for all Tasmanians," he said today.
Mr Ferguson also hopes the contract will be won by a Tasmanian company, but said competition is a good thing.
“A new bridge will be much safer than the existing steel bridge, which is approaching the end of its useful life,” Deputy PM and Federal Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack said.
Geotechnical investigations are expected to begin early next year.