News Corp Australia The Brisbane City Council has announced it will commence construction of a $4.4 billion bridge over the Brisbane River in Queensland’s CBD.
The bridge will connect the CBD to the Gold Coast and the Port of Brisbane, and is expected to open by the end of 2020.
Construction will begin later this year.
The Brisbane City council’s Chief Engineer, John Copley, said the bridge was being designed to be as high as possible, and had the highest structural integrity possible, with the lowest level of vibration in the region.
Mr CopleY said the project would involve building more than 12 kilometres of new steel cables, including one to connect the new Brisbane Bridge to the Brisbane City Bridge and a further eight to connect other infrastructure projects.
“I think we will be able to have a bridge that is much more than just a bridge,” Mr Copleyan said.
“We’re going to have bridges that are more than a bridge, we’re going also to have new bridges, bridges that will connect other facilities.”
The Brisbane River Crossing will be the world’s largest bridge and the second largest bridge in Australia, after the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Mr Rolf Krahr, who is the chairman of the Brisbane Port Authority, said construction was the “most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do”.
“The Brisbane Port Trust and the Brisbane Bridge Authority have both been great and supportive in terms of all the work that’s needed to get this project underway,” Mr Krahm said.
Mr Krah, who was in Brisbane on Tuesday, said he believed the bridge would be completed within 20 years.
The project will be funded by the Queensland Government and a state government agency, the Queensland Development Corporation.
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