Brisbane City Council is building new green bridges across Brisbane to make it even easier for you to get around our city.

The Kangaroo Point Green Bridge will link Kangaroo Point to the CBD, making it easier to walk or cycle between Kangaroo Point, the eastern suburbs and the CBD.

Procurement activities are well underway with two shortlisted tenderers announced in November 2020 to bid for the right to design and construct the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge.

Subject to approvals, a contract for the design and construction of the bridge is expected to be awarded by mid-2021, ahead of construction starting in late 2021 and expected completion by late 2023.

Consultation outcomes

In August and September 2020, Council undertook community consultation on the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge draft reference design.

Council has reviewed and analysed all feedback received on the draft reference design and prepared a consultation summary document. A detailed consultation report has also been prepared that outlines the consultation process and feedback received.

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Support for dedicated cyclist and pedestrian paths

71% overall support for the draft reference design

Shade and weather protection are important

Feedback will help inform the final design for the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge, which will be refined through the procurement and detailed design phases of the project during 2021. 

Final bridge height

While Council acknowledges concerns from some river users about the bridge height restricting access to the existing Gardens Point Boat Harbour moorings, Council can confirm the bridge design is being progressed with a navigational clearance height of 12.7 metres, which is no lower than the Captain Cook Bridge.

This bridge height is required in order to provide an accessible gradient that meets the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and removes the need for excessive ramping at each landing point.

A higher bridge would result in steeper grades towards the Alice Street landing in the Brisbane CBD, which would not meet DDA requirements.

Further, a bridge with an opening span that would allow a higher navigational clearance is not considered feasible as it would come at a significantly higher construction, maintenance and operational cost.

Council will continue to work closely with existing users of the moorings affected by the bridge navigational clearance height to manage the impacts of the change in access.

About the draft reference design

The Kangaroo Point Green Bridge will provide a world-class landmark linking the City Centre and Kangaroo Point peninsulas. The bridge will celebrate our river city and sub-tropical identity and provide a convenient, safe and accessible connection for all bridge users.

In August 2020, Council released the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge draft reference design, which is summarised in the latest project update newsletter. The draft reference design outlines the final bridge alignment, landing points, and structural form, as well as proposed design features and upgrades to ongoing connections to the active transport network.

Key features include:

  • a  river crossing between the corner of Alice Street and Edward Street in the CBD, and Scott Street at Kangaroo Point with a length of around 470m
  • an elegant single-mast cable stayed structure, designed to complement the city skyline and minimise visual impact
  • dedicated cycle and pedestrian paths, with a minimum width of 6.8m along the length of the bridge, and a maximum grade of 1:20
  • a navigable bridge clearance of height of 12.7 metres (as per the Captain Cook bridge), with provision for a 60m wide navigation channel.
  • a variety of places to pause and take in expansive river and city views
  • sub-tropical design elements including landscaping, and shade along the length of the pedestrian path.

The draft reference design has been 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.  

The final design of the bridge will be refined throughout 2021, during the procurement and detailed design phases of the project.

Key features

Celebrating our river city

The Kangaroo Point Green Bridge will celebrate the river city’s unique identity and sub-tropical environment. The single mast features a distinctive four-legged single pylon design, providing clear sight lines and space for generous viewing nodes either side of the bridge deck. At night, the bridge will provide a striking addition to the skyline, with potential programmable colour-change LED lighting allowing the bridge to recognise special events and celebrations.

Spaces to enjoy the river

Viewing platforms and rest nodes will allow people to better engage with the river, providing panoramic views of the CBD skyline, Kangaroo Point cliffs, City Botanic Gardens and the Story Bridge. These flexible spaces will provide seating, shade, and opportunities to pause on both sides of the bridge deck. At the major node at the City Mast, an opportunity has been identified for a food and beverage outlet, such as a coffee cart. These spaces could also host gatherings, temporary events or pop-up activations.

High-quality landing points

The bridge landing points will touch lightly on the river’s edge and provide a new world-class landmark for both the city centre and the Kangaroo Point peninsula. They will integrate with nearby green spaces including the City Botanic Gardens, and C.T. White Park, recognising the rich history and heritage of each place. Upgraded public realm, along with enhanced connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists, will provide comfortable, easy access for residents, commuters, and visitors alike. 

Location

Plan is indicative only and subject to approvals. 

Kangaroo Point Green Bridge fly-through video

You can also watch this video on Council's YouTube channel.

Artist impressions

Kangaroo Point Green Bridge Artist Impressions

You can also view the 'Kangaroo Point Green Bridge Artist's Impressions' album via Council's Flickr account.

Project benefits

Reducing congestion on the ferry, bus and road networks

Faster and more convenient access to the CBD from Kangaroo Point and the eastern and south-eastern suburbs

Creating up to 300 jobs during construction

A new world-class landmark for Brisbane City and Kangaroo Point

Project timeline

Key milestones in the development of the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge.

Stage

Initial investigations and options assessment

Completed

Stage

Release Preliminary business case

Completed

Stage

Initial consultation phase

Completed

Stage

Technical investigations and design development

Completed

Stage

Consultation on draft reference design

Completed

Stage

Procurement

Current stage (late 2020-mid 2021)

Stage

Project construction

Late 2021-2023

Project background

A bridge connecting Kangaroo Point and the city centre has been considered since the 1860s. Council recommenced detailed planning in 2014 and in 2018 engaged consultants to undertake further technical studies on the bridge, including providing recommendations on the preferred alignment, landings and bridge options.

Preliminary business case

In September 2019, Council released the project’s preliminary business case key findings, which clearly demonstrated the benefits of the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge and value for money for Brisbane’s ratepayers. The preliminary business case identified a preferred alignment from the corner of Alice Street and Edward Street to Scott Street at Kangaroo Point. This alignment provides:

  • a safe and accessible connection
  • a gentler slope on the bridge and at landing points
  • more direct connections to existing pathways
  • better visual outcomes.

Initial consultation

Initial consultation on the project was undertaken in late 2019. Council has completed a detailed analysis of all feedback received and prepared an Initial Consultation Outcomes report.

Key feedback received on this bridge included:

  • strong support from residents and commuters for the bridge and its benefits, with approximately 60% of survey respondents indicating they would use the bridge daily or weekly
  • strong support for the preferred alignment from Alice Street to Scott Street, with approximately 72% of people supporting this alignment.

Following the initial consultation phase in late 2019, Council undertook further technical investigations and assessments in early 2020 to inform the draft reference design.

Project documents and resources

Last updated: 17 February 2021