Sunday, June 23, 2024

Brisbane kangaroo bridge project makes final leap

Brisbane’s much-anticipated Kangaroo Point Bridge is taking shape, with the delicate operation to install the final span of the city-shaping project completed this week.

The installation means the bridge, which is being jointly funded by Brisbane City Council and the Federal Government, is now 85% complete with all major structural elements of the bridge now finished, including the critical stay cables which support the 182.7 metre main span.

“A bridge linking Kangaroo Point to Brisbane’s city has been talked about for decades and our Council is delivering it,” said Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner.

“The bridge will take 84,000 cars off the road each year with thousands of people expected to use it per day.

“Travel times are anticipated to be reduced by up to 50%, saving pedestrians up to 30 minutes when walking from both Kangaroo Point and The Gabba Stadium to the city.”

The 100 tonne, 25 metre final span was craned into place from a barge before being expertly secured. Once completed, the final bridge span will feature public viewing platforms on either side, embracing the 360 degree cityscape views.

Works are continuing on the project, including concreting the bridge deck, installing the balustrades, seating and lighting, and delivering a covered pedestrian walkway topped with solar panels to help power the bridge.

“The Kangaroo Point Bridge will be so much more than just a bridge,” said Council Chair for Transport, Ryan Murphy.

“Its incredible design in the heart of the city and fantastic dining options will make the Bridge an iconic must-see destination, connecting our CBD with the suburbs and making our lifestyle even better.”

At the Kangaroo Point landing, Council says works are progressing to install a lift from C.T. White Park to the bridge deck and constructing stairs to Scott Street.

Additionally, the bridge’s above-water restaurant continues to take shape with the steel framework installed and the roof nearing completion.

Works are also continuing at the CBD bridge landing to construct the riverside café and landing plaza that will form the approach to the bridge.

“After delivering the Breakfast Creek / Yowoggera Bridge earlier this year, we look forward to seeing our city’s walkability improve as we offer more ways to see Brisbane by foot, bike or scooter,” said Cr Murphy.

The Kangaroo Point Bridge project is being delivered by Connect Brisbane, a consortium led by BESIX Watpac. The bridge is expected to be open in late 2024.

“I’m sure many Brisbane residents and tourists have been watching the construction of this bridge with anticipation, and this final bridge span going in is an exciting milestone,” said Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King.

“The Australian Government is working closely with state and local government partners to deliver meaningful projects and actions, ensuring our planning and investment come together to provide the best outcomes for the communities of SEQ,” she said.

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