After plans for a proposed new bridge were outlined in a recent business case, the public is being asked to have their say on a new Bribie Island Bridge.
“The Bribie Island bridge is an icon, but it’s also 60 years old and prone to traffic congestion,” says Member for Pumicestone Ali King.
“With more foot, bike and vehicle traffic using the bridge, it’s clear we need to improve access to and from Bribie Island,” says Member for Pumicestone Ali King.
“I want to make sure locals and visitors can spend less time driving and more time enjoying the great lifestyle in our beautiful part of Queensland,” says Member for Pumicestone Ali King.
Ms King said technical investigations to help develop the new bridge’s concept design had begun.
“A detailed assessment of the existing bridge began in November 2022, and crews will soon start geotechnical drilling in Pumicestone Passage to assess where a new bridge could be built,” says Member for Pumicestone Ali King.
“How to look after local pelicans are a key consideration, and we will be working closely with wildlife specialists during the planning phase,” says Member for Pumicestone Ali King.
“I encourage anyone wanting to have their say on the future bridge to make your voice heard,” says Member for Pumicestone Ali King.
Ms King said a new bridge would mean four lanes across the Pumicestone Passage to and from Bribie Island.
“We know how important it is to improve transport connections to Bribie Island, so this is an important step forward,” says Member for Pumicestone Ali King.
“These plans come as part of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s $29.7 billion transport, and roads plan over the next four years, supporting 25,200 good, secure jobs for Queenslanders,” says Member for Pumicestone Ali King.
“We’re delivering better services across the state, helping Queenslanders get home sooner and safer,” says Member for Pumicestone Ali King.
The planning for the business case will consider opportunities to retain the existing bridge and add a new, two-lane bridge with improved pedestrian and bike rider facilities.
In this scenario, another two-lane bridge would eventually replace the existing one.
A further alternative is an entirely new four-lane bridge.
The detailed assessment results of the existing bridge will be essential in determining its current condition, remaining life, maintenance and rehabilitation costs, and if continued use is a practical option.
A range of consultation opportunities is available, including:
- Online survey and interactive map
- Community consultation sessions
- Newsletter with a survey distributed to local properties
- Contacting the TMR project team on 1800 783 016 or [email protected].
Community consultation is open until 27 February 2023. Feedback will help develop a concept design to provide four lanes across Pumicestone Passage and consider the future of the existing bridge.
The concept design will be presented for further community comment in 2023.
Funding for new bridge construction will be considered in future funding rounds against other transport infrastructure priorities across the state.
Click here for more information on ‘Bribie Island Bridge planning.’
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