Brisbane City Council has released several options for the locations of two new pedestrian bridges linking West End to Toowong and St Lucia for public consultation.
Both bridges, which would be accessible to people on foot or on bicycles or scooters, have three options available for input, with varied impacts on private property, public space and access to transport.
Consultation on the options, proposed under the council’s Green Bridges Program, is open until the end of January.
Public and active transport committee chairman Ryan Murphy said designs for the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek green bridges were also being finalised and construction was expected to begin in late 2021.
“We can confirm the Kangaroo Point bridge is being progressed with a navigational clearance height of 12.7 metres, which is no lower than the Captain Cook Bridge,” Cr Murphy said.
“We are progressing the Breakfast Creek bridge based on a skewed alignment from the north-west corner of Newstead Park to Kingsford Smith Drive and Cameron Rocks Reserve, and a tied-arch bridge design.”
Cr Murphy said two tenderers – Connect Brisbane and the Hull SRG Joint Venture – had been shortlisted to design and construct the Kangaroo Point bridge.
Three tenders – Fulton Hogan, Georgiou Brady Joint Venture and JF Hull – are bidding to construct the Breakfast Creek bridge.
The first St Lucia-West End option connects Guyatt Park in St Lucia to Orleigh Park in West End, with high-frequency public transport options available on both sides and no resumption of private land.
However, it would consume some of the public parks on both sides of the river, and “may impact established trees and park infrastructure”, according to the council website.
That option was expected to have the highest number of trips daily, estimated to be 4000 trips by 2031 and up to 4600 by 2041.
A second option requiring resumption of private property would link Ryan Street in West End to Munro Street in St Lucia, and is estimated to carry 1600 trips daily by 2031.
A final option, which would require a steeper bridge grade, would connect Boundary Street park in West End to Keith Street in St Lucia, resume more private properties and have about 2400 daily trips by 2031.
For the Toowong-West End green bridge, one option would see land resumed at 600 Coronation Drive, the former ABC site that has long been touted as a potential public park and bridge landing space, linking to Orleigh Park near Forbes Street in West End.
That bridge proposal would carry 3400 trips daily by 2031 and 4600 by 2041, the council said, with some partial resumption of private land.
The second Toowong-West End option would connect Archer Street in Toowong to West End’s Orleigh Park near Drury Street, and is expected to carry about 3800 trips daily by 2031 and 5100 trips by 2041.
It would also have good travel connections, but bring “impacts to character houses and local streetscape”, the council said.
The third option would also connect Archer Street, near Glen Road, to Orleigh Park near Drury Street.
It would require a steeper grade and have “significant visual and amenity impacts”, but good connectivity to public transport and Toowong centre.
The third option was projected to have 3700 trips daily by 2031 and 5000 trips daily by 2041, according to the council.
Greens councillor Jonathan Sri said he wanted to have full community consultation before providing his own input to the council.
“I still really want to see more information justifying the St Lucia footbridge, because I suspect the business case for it might not be quite as strong,” Cr Sri said.
“I’ve previously told council that while I’m very supportive of the West End to Toowong footbridge, I suspect that getting a new CityCat terminal for the western side of West End might actually be a higher priority.
“The Toowong bridge is a high priority and a new CityCat terminal is a high priority but a direct footbridge to UQ might not be as urgently needed.”
Cr Sri said he also wanted more information around the projected traffic counts cited by the council for each option as they varied significantly.
Article Source: brisbanetimes.com.au