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Build a bridge (or just fix one up) - council's year of reshaping Brisbane


A range of public infrastructure projects are set to change the face of Brisbane over the coming year, with the city’s three new pedestrian bridges heading a long list of fast tracked building works supporting the city’s economy.

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Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner talked up the number of projects set to break ground in 2022, saying they supported economic recovery from the pandemic and set the city up for delivering the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Construction of the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek green bridges will get underway in coming months, joining the Queens Wharf development’s Neville Bonner bridge which is more than 30 percent complete.

And while the city will have three new routes across the river by the end of 2023, it most famous span is also undergoing a makeover.

One low key infrastructure project that will continue throughout 2022 is the restoration of the below-deck steel on the Story Bridge. The revamp for the 81-year-old bridge – its most significant since it opened in 1940 – has also involved a new paint job and replacing corroded steel plates and fixings.

The $80 million project is aimed at prolonging the life of the Story Bridge, which carries an estimated 100,000 vehicles a day.

The Kangaroo Point green bridge will ramp up construction in 2022.

Other projects Cr Schrinner cited as part of what he described as the council’s biggest ever infrastructure investment program included the revamping of Victoria Park, the Brisbane Metro, and ongoing work to improve Brisbane’s ferry network.

“The face of our city is changing dramatically and the projects we are delivering serve as a tangible reminder that our economy is making a strong comeback off the back of two incredibly tough years,” he said.

There would also be two new CityCat ferries on the Brisbane River by the end of 2022, bringing the total fleet up to 27.

Upgrades to two of the city’s most notorious traffic bottlenecks, Moggill Road in Brisbane’s west and Beams Road in the north, would also continue in 2022, he said.

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