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Work begins on Brisbane’s first cross-river bridge in a decade

It is expected to attract 10,000 people each day, using it to cross the river between the parklands and the casino, hotels and public spaces.

The bridge’s cost of about $100 million is being met by the Queens Wharf developers, the Destination Brisbane Consortium, from a $3.6 billion budget for the complex.

The design for the Neville Bonner Bridge, from Queen's Wharf to South Brisbane.

The design for the Neville Bonner Bridge, from Queen’s Wharf to South Brisbane.Credit:Queensland Government

Project director Simon Crooks said the public would begin to notice the construction by midyear.

“We’re doing site investigations now, but the main works for the bridge will start in the middle of the year,” Mr Crooks said.

“They will be able to stand on the promenade and watch the construction works for the bridge span on this side [South Bank] and then the pylons go in the middle of the river.”

Construction company Fitzgerald Constructions has a large barge in the middle of the Brisbane River.

Announcing work beginning on Brisbane’s first cross-river bridge in 10 years is Destination Brisbane project director Simon Crooks (left), Tourism Minister Kate Jones and South Bank business development manager John Barton.

Announcing work beginning on Brisbane’s first cross-river bridge in 10 years is Destination Brisbane project director Simon Crooks (left), Tourism Minister Kate Jones and South Bank business development manager John Barton.Credit:Tony Moore

The 75-metre tall, cable-stayed bridge will be complete by middle of 2022 and open with the integrated casino and resort complex later that year.

Late modifications to the bridge design meant it would connect on the South Bank side in front of the ferris wheel with steps and a ramp, Mr Crooks said.

“The ramp will curve around onto the sides and blends into the existing pathways at South Bank,” he said.

“The steps come down onto the Plaza. So people will have the choice of either. We originally did not think we could get the ramp in, but we’ve worked with the South Bank Corporation and they like it, we like it and it’s a good outcome.”

Mr Crooks said the engineering team was aware of preliminary concerns about South Bank pylons standing for 25 years in the brackish river water, raised by the South Bank Corporation on Sunday.

South Bank Corporation banned heavy vehicles from using the river walk near the lagoons as a temporary precaution until final engineering advice is received this week.

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Mr Crooks said the bridge construction would use its own river pylons and not place engineering load on the South Bank riverfront walkway.

“That’s really a question for South Bank. For us it is really not a problem. Where we are building there are no issues, it’s actually on ground. We will put our own piles in to support the bridge.”

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the Neville Bonner Bridge Bridge demonstrated the transformational aspect of the bigger Queens Wharf casino and resort complex.

“Just think, you could be at Queens Wharf going out to one of the 50 restaurants and bars, walk over the bridge and see some of Queensland’s best entertainment here at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex.”

Information about Neville Bonner and his career will be placed on the Queens Wharf side of the bridge.

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