The span, one of several new “green bridges” promised by the council, will ensure that the office and residential area of Newstead and Teneriffe has an active transport link to the priority development area of Northshore Hamilton.
The council has talked up the project as an early infrastructure investment in the 2032 Olympics.
The bridge will provide about 800 metres of new paths for pedestrians and cyclists to use for both commuting and recreation at what is now a noisy and narrow “pinch point” for active transport.
It will have the added bonus of being built well before the 2032 Olympic Games, ensuring an established link between the planned athletes village at Hamilton and Brisbane’s inner north.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the bridge’s final design was settled after considering more than 800 submissions and sought to minimise disruption of views to the nearby historic Newstead House and the Brisbane River.
“We’re extending the Lores Bonney Riverwalk by 175 metres and proposing a new two-way on-road cycle path from the bridge landing at Newstead Park through to Newstead Terrace at Halford Street, via Breakfast Creek Road and Newstead Avenue,” he said.
“This new connection will provide a safe, separate ongoing connection to the inner city and CBD and avoid the need for commuters and sport cyclists to travel through Newstead Park.”
While a popular recreational area for cyclists and pedestrians, the existing Breakfast Creek Rd link to the Lorus Bonney Riverwalk suffers from having little separation from car traffic.
The council has shortlisted three companies for constructions of the new bridge, with work due to begin early in 2022.
A consortium led by BESIX Watpac earlier this year won the ender to build the much larger Kangaroo Point Green Bridge, which is expected to open in 2023.
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