Potential designs for a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Inveresk with Boland Street have been revealed by the University of Tasmania.
The pedestrian bridge is included, along with the library and student services building, as stage one of the $260 million Inveresk campus.
An updated master plan, with final designs for the library building, was revealed by UTAS last month.
Launceston-based pro-vice chancellor Dom Geraghty said the bridge across the North Esk was a key element to the precinct plan because it would connect two major sites for the campus.
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"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.
The bridge will strengthen the connections between the university and the community, along with the Inveresk precinct and the CBD.
"We also want to make sure the life and vibrancy of the university campus can easily flow into the city," Professor Geraghty said.
"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 UTAS will tender for a design and construction contract. While images have been released, the successful tenderer will be responsible for design and construction of the bridge.
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It will be the second pedestrian bridge across the river, with the City of Launceston Council constructing one at the Seaport to connect it with the north bank and the Silo Hotel area.
Construction of the Boland Street bridge is likely to begin in January 2020 and be completed within 12 months.
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The UTAS Inveresk campus will be constructed over three main stages. The first stage designs have already been revealed by the university along with an updated master plan for the precinct.
The campus is part of a broader Northern Transformation project, which includes two new campuses, one at Inveresk and one at West Park, in Burnie and includes a transformation of education offerings.
It is unknown when the DA will be released for public comment or when it might come before the council.