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Neville Bonner Bridge now spans a third of the river

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Article originally published on Queens Wharf Brisbane

The pedestrian bridge providing a direct connection between Brisbane’s cultural precinct and its newest entertainment heart is now more than 120-metres in length.

The fifth deck section of this important pedestrian river crossing was recently installed at the South Bank end, with it now reaching towards the centre of the river and the CBD.

Bridge contractors Fitzgerald Constructions carefully and safely installed the fifth deck section with around 120-metres of the deck now in place.

The Neville Bonner Bridge will not only provide a vital pedestrian crossing but also create an iconic structure that will enhance Brisbane’s cityscape.

Modelling has indicated that up to 10,000 people a day will cross the river via the Neville Bonner Bridge when it opens with the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort in 2023.

Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Simon Crooks said the bridge will create a magnificent river structure that will tower 75-metres above the river, similar in height to the Story Bridge.

“The 322-metre span bridge is expected to be at the mid-river pier (pile cap) by the end of the year,” Mr Crooks said.

“The most recent deck section Fitzgerald Constructions lifted is 23-metres long and was fitted into place at the South Bank side, with one installed over the Riverside Expressway in June connecting to the integrated resort development.

“The 60-tonne deck section that was just lifted into place was floated down the river after having the pre-cast concrete slabs fitted, reducing the amount of lifting required at site.”

In excess of 1,000-tonnes of complex fabricated structural steel is required to build this cable stay and suspension bridge.

Fitzgerald will use around 800-tonnes of steel temporarily just to secure and construct the bridge and a number of large river barges.