The new Cam River bridge and upgraded Murchison Highway will be open to all traffic from Monday, but motorists will have to wait a little longer for a new set of traffic lights to become operational.
Eastbound traffic heading to Burnie will start using the new Bass Highway bridge from 6am, with westbound traffic heading to Wynyard already making the most of the bridge since January 25.
“The final traffic switch will make the new bridge fully operational, providing a host of benefits to people travelling across the north of the State,” Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson said
“First and foremost, the higher and more robust structure will be better able to withstand extreme weather events such as the 2022 flood, which are predicted to become more common in the future.”
He said the $20 million bridge’s additional width will enhance capacity to keep traffic moving in the event of a crash or breakdown.
“With all traffic using the new bridge, demolition will start on the old bridge and work will start on landscaping the surrounding area. The whole project is expected to finish in April 2024, as scheduled,” he said.
New traffic signals are currently undergoing additional work and testing and are expected to be operational by April.