A pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Inveresk to Boland St will be included in the first stage of development for the University of Tasmania’s new campus at Inveresk.
Part of the Northern Transformation Project, the campus will strengthen the connections between the University and the community, and the Inveresk Precinct and the CBD.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Launceston) Professor Dominic Geraghty said the bridge across the North Esk River was a key element of the precinct plan.
“It is important that the community can easily move from the city to the Inveresk Precinct, which is a real heart of education, culture and sport for Launceston,” Professor Geraghty said.
“We also want to make sure the life and vibrancy of the University campus can easily flow into the city. The bridge is a vital piece of infrastructure that will create a new pedestrian and cycle ‘street’ connecting the precinct to the CBD.”
The first stage of the bridge will span from bank to bank, with ramp exits to ensure ease of access onto the existing pathways on either side of the river.
Once the University’s building on Willis Street is constructed the bridge will then be extended over Boland Street and continue onto a pathway through to Cimitiere Street.
A development application has been submitted for the bridge. Pending the successful completion of the planning process, the University will tender for a design and construction contract.
Construction of the bridge is likely to begin in January 2020 and be completed within 12 months. Developed and funded as part of the University’s Northern Transformation Program, the bridge will become a City of Launceston asset once complete.