A 120-metre high structure will depart the Hobart skyline this weekend when one of the cranes completing the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment takes its leave.
Approximately 15,000 lifts after it arrived in late July 2017, the Jaso J438PA luffing crane will make way for the installation of a walkway to connect K-and-A Blocks.
A twin copy of the crane will remain in use for the time being on the site.
A section of Campbell Street will be closed over the weekend to allow for the safe removal of the crane.
RHH Redevelopment Project Director, Ben Moloney says a smaller crane will dismantle the giant structure from Saturday.
“To ensure the safety of drivers, Campbell Street between Liverpool and Collins Streets will be closed to all traffic from 6.00 am on Saturday, 9 February 2019 until 7 pm on Monday, 11 February 2019,” Mr Moloney said.
The walkway connecting the two blocks will be lifted into place at the same time.
Mr Moloney said that it was important that drivers understood the temporary changes to traffic conditions and could plan alternative arrangements early.
“Drivers are encouraged to take alternative routes over the weekend if they are travelling between the northern and southern suburbs to avoid delays,” Mr Moloney said.
Mr Moloney said that this included entering the city via North Hobart and using the Brooker Highway and Davey Street to travel south.
“We appreciate the patience and support of commuters and the community while these essential works for the new K-Block are completed,” Mr Moloney said.