Brisbane City Council have announced that the concept idea for a new pedestrian / cycle bridge across the Brisbane River is feasible at approximately $190 million.
Positioned at the intersection of Alice Street and Edward Street at the Botanical Gardens, the new bridge is preferred to connect to Scott Street, although there is an alternative alignment to Thornton Street.
The proposed bridge update comes after the announcement earlier this year for a $550 million green mobility plan for the city by Adrian Schrinner, lord mayor of Brisbane. This plan also considers other bridges at Breakfast Creek, West End, St Lucia and Bellbowrie.
“The preliminary business case for the Kangaroo Point Pedestrian Bridge confirms the project is a feasible, value-for-money investment in our transport network.”
“This new bridge presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the way people travel within the inner city and the preliminary business case revealed up to 5300 trips would be taken per weekday, which will make it even more popular than the Kurilpa Bridge.” Cr Schrinner said.
The $190 million bridge infrastructure is not considered to be fully funded by Brisbane City Council and will seek state / federal government funding to contribute to approximately one third of the total amount.
Krista Adams, chairperson for Public and Active Transport outlined that council community consultation will be held in November to receive feedback on the design and possible location.
“A bridge linking Kangaroo Point and the CBD was originally proposed in the 1860s but the 1890s’ economic recession and the financial devastation from the 1893 floods meant it was never built,” Cr Adams said.
– November 2019 – Community Consultation
– Start of 2021 – Bridge Construction
– 2024 – Bridge Completion (pending funding)
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