Bridge strengthening works on the Emu River (East bound bridge)

The Tasmanian Government is funding bridge strengthening work as part of the Freight Access Bridge Upgrade Program at Emu River Bridge (eastbound), Wivenhoe.

The Department of State Growth is carrying out the work which involves strengthening bridges to provide improved network access for high productivity freight vehicles.

Work will be between 7.00am and 7.00pm from Monday to Saturday and expect to complete the work in 4 weeks, weather permitting. They will let you know in advance if they need to do any work outside these times.

How will the work affect you? 

The works involve the use of machinery which generates some noise. They will make every effort to minimise noise by turning off machinery and vehicles when not in use.

Traffic changes 

There will be temporary traffic changes to ensure the safety of workers and road users.

Eastbound traffic on the Bass Highway will be reduced to one lane during the works.

Eastbound traffic will be reduced to 20 km/h for up to 24 hours a day and will affect travel times.  Motorists should allow up to an extra 15 minutes when travelling through the area. Where possible, the temporary speed limits will be increased to 40 km/h at times.   

Motorists travelling east on the Bass Highway turning right on to River Road are encouraged to continue on to Stowport Road intersection to turn around and travel west on the Bass Highway to access River Road. This will ease congestion for heavy vehicles needing to turn right on to River Road. Please keep to speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.


If you have any questions, please contact our Project Manager, Kevin Bourne on 03 6166 3422 or 

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