The $4.28 million jointly funded project includes a two-lane concrete bridge deck, widened vehicular lanes, dedicated cycle lanes, landscaped verges and new lighting at either end of the bridge.
The new bridge is safer, more accessible for cyclists and will serve the community and visitors to the Botanic Gardens for many years to come.
An upgrade of McLean Street was carried out in conjunction with the bridge replacement to further improve access to Collins Avenue. Kerb and channel has been installed along the length of both sides of the street and the gravel road shoulders sealed. Street lighting works were also part of the upgrade.
This project was made possible through a $2.415 million contribution by the Australian Government’s ‘Roads to Recovery’ Fund and $1.5 million from the Queensland Government’s ‘Building our Regions’ program.
The previous 25m bridge was constructed in around 1970 as a three-span bridge on steel girders and concrete piers. Inspections in 2012 identified deterioration of the bridge structure and further assessment found that repairs were not economically viable, leading to the decision to replace the bridge.
This project has received funding from the Australian Government’s ‘Roads to Recovery’ Fund, Queensland Government’s ‘Building our Regions’ Regional Capital Fund and Council revenue.