Brisbane City Council is building new green bridges across Brisbane to make it even easier for you to get around our city.
The Breakfast Creek Green Bridge and Lores Bonney Riverwalk extension will cater for pedestrians and cyclists and provide an enhanced active transport link along the river from the inner city to the northern suburbs. It will also enhance recreational experiences along the Brisbane River.
Procurement activities are well underway with three shortlisted tenderers announced in November 2020 to bid for the right to construct the Breakfast Creek Green Bridge.
Subject to approvals, Council expects a contract to be awarded and construction of the green bridge to start in late 2021, with expected completion by late 2023.
Final bridge alignment and form
Council acknowledges some community feedback asking for alternative alignments for the bridge, and some concerns around the proposed arch design.
As part of the development of the concept design, Council investigated a number of options for the bridge alignment and form.
Based on these investigations, and the positive support for the concept design, Council is progressing the bridge based on the skewed alignment from the northwest corner of Newstead Park to Kingsford Smith Drive and Cameron Rocks Reserve.
This alignment has been selected because it:
- minimises impacts on key heritage places, including Newstead House and Newstead Park
- provides a comfortable and accessible connection for all bridge users, that is compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992
- avoids impacts to significant public utility infrastructure
- maintains the ability for vessels to access Breakfast Creek
- minimises flooding impacts in Breakfast Creek
- future proofs potential options to upgrade the Breakfast Creek Road bridge and the east-west boardwalk connection.
Council is also progressing the arch bridge form as it:
- maintains the existing navigational channel and vessel height clearance
- can span Breakfast Creek in a single span to avoid adverse flooding impacts and;
- causes the least obstruction to existing views.
About the concept design
In August 2020, Council released the Breakfast Creek Green Bridge concept design, which is summarised in the latest project update newsletter.
The concept design outlines the proposed bridge alignment, landing points, and structural form, as well as potential design features and upgrades to ongoing connections to the active transport network.
Key features include:
- a distinctive arch bridge span across Breakfast Creek with a length of about 80m
- dedicated pathways for pedestrians and cyclists, with a minimum width of 6m
- an upgraded extension to the Lores Bonney Riverwalk at Cameron Rocks Reserve
- a new bridge landing at Newstead Park, with landscape and urban design features to integrate with the unique heritage and landscape setting
- ongoing active transport connections to Breakfast Creek Road and Newstead Avenue.
As part of the development of the bridge design, Council is investigating opportunities for other design features such as shade, lighting, public art and rest nodes.
The concept design was informed by a range of technical studies and investigations, including an analysis of bridge alignment and form options, flooding and environmental assessments, and consideration of visual and social impacts, as well as community feedback.