Part of the Brisbane City Council’s plan to better connect our city, decrease our environmental footprint and aid congestion, The Kangaroo Point Green Bridge has been given the green light to move forward. Earlier this month, Council released the draft reference design of the bridge for community consultation, with construction scheduled to commence next year and be finalised by 2023, two years ahead of the initial completion date.
The $190 Million infrastructure has been fast-tracked in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, creating more than 300 new jobs in the process. Works on the bridge have been brought forward to drive employment, breathe life into the construction industry and aid the impact that COVID-19 has had on our economy.
Linking our City Centre to the Kangaroo Point Peninsulas, the bridge is anticipated to cater for up to 10,000 trips per day and significantly reduce the number of cars crossing the river every year. The pedestrian-and-cyclist-only bridge will connect Alice Street and the Botanical Gardens to Scott Street at Kangaroo Point, also accessing the new Brisbane Riverwalk that is currently under construction.
The additional bridges planned as part of the Council’s $550 Million green mobility plan will connect Breakfast Creek to Kingsford Smith Drive, Toowong to West End, St Lucia to West End and Belbowrie to Wacol. The Breakfast Creek bridge is next in line to commence works and will include the addition of a bikeway to the existing Lores Bonney Riverwalk.
The proposed design depicts a single mast suspension cable bridge with the mast tower positioned on the CBD side of the river. Other features include a shade structure that runs the entire length of the bridge, in addition to a central observation and seating section. Some of the suggestions from the community regarding what they wanted to see in the design included shade covering, landscaping and safe separation between pedestrians and cyclists.
Set to be one of the city’s most utilised bridges, the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge will improve connectivity for Brisbane’s south-eastern suburbs, reduce travel time to and from the CBD and provide a safe and convenient way for visitors and residents to move around. There has been a surge in cyclist and pedestrian activity across Brisbane since Coronavirus hit, with people moving away from public transport and making the commitment to be more physical. The public are being encouraged to have their input and provide feedback on the design of this iconic piece of Brisbane infrastructure, another step towards making Brisbane our countries’ most liveable city.