19 Nov 2019

Have your say on the five green bridges proposed for Brisbane

Five new bridges promised for Brisbane will be a "dog's breakfast" if the council's signature infrastructure project on Kingsford Smith Drive is a sign of what is to come, Labor claims.

On Sunday, lord mayor Adrian Schrinner revealed proposed landing points for five new green bridges he had promised across the city and opened public consultation on the projects.

The announcement came after the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrades, a flagship project for the LNP administration, had been delayed by a year, blown out by at least $47 million and left businesses struggling to make ends meet.

Labor's mayoral candidate Pat Condren said Cr Schrinner had made an "absolute dog’s breakfast" of Kingsford Smith Drive and could not be trusted to manage large infrastructure projects.

"Can you imagine what would happen if this bloke tried to build five bridges?" he said.

"Tell him he's dreaming."

Cr Schrinner said the new bridges would come with a price tag of more than $550 million and were needed to tackle congestion.

A pedestrian and cycle bridge at Kangaroo Point to the CBD already has a business case completed.

Two West End bridges, one from Toowong to West End and the other from St Lucia to West End, will be for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

A pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting Kingsford Smith Drive Riverwalk into the existing riverwalk network will be constructed at Breakfast Creek.

And a final bridge at Belbowrie to Wacol is tapped as a potential pedestrian, cycling and public transport bridge with emergency access to alleviate flood risk in the area.

Cr Schrinner said Brisbane had more than 2.2 million residents and 1300 people moved to the city each month.

"The business case for the first bridge, a pedestrian bridge connecting Kangaroo Point to the CBD, outlined that the bridge would result in 83,950 fewer car trips using river crossings each year," he said.

Cr Schrinner said community consultation would run from November 11 to December 6 and would include 12 information sessions.

"My very first act as lord mayor was to announce this plan and I am now handing the planning over to the people of Brisbane as we want to hear the community’s thoughts on the proposed alignment of the bridges," he said.

"The community is crucial in the planning and delivery of these five bridges, as this infrastructure will transform the way residents and visitors get around Brisbane.

Landing points for proposed bridges

  • Kangaroo Point bridge - Pedestrian/cycle bridge.
    • Alice/Edward Street roundabout near the City Botanic Gardens, to Scott Street at Kangaroo Point
  • Toowong to West End bridge – potential pedestrian/cycle/public transport bridge.
    • Near Archer Street in Toowong to Orleigh Park near Forbes Street in West End
  • St Lucia to West End bridge – potential pedestrian/cycle/public transport bridge
    • Keith Street in St Lucia to Boundary Street at West End.
  • Breakfast Creek bridge – Pedestrian/cycle bridge
    • Kingsford Smith Drive at Albion to Breakfast Creek Road at Newstead
  • Bellbowrie bridge – potential pedestrian/cycle/public transport bridge, emergency access.
    • River end of Weekes Road at Bellbowrie to Grindle Road at Wacol

SOURCE ; https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/have-your-say-on-the-five-green-bridges-proposed-for-brisbane-20191110-p5395g.html

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