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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.

In June 2021, Council awarded the contract to Connect Brisbane, led by BESIX Watpac, to design and construct the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge, following an extensive procurement process.

Construction of the green bridge will commence in late 2021, with expected completion by late 2023, 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 Impressions' album via Council's Flickr account.

About the project

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.

Key features of the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge 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 460m
  • 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 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
  • potential opportunities for commercial activation such as food and beverage outlets and event spaces, subject to further investigation and approvals.

Council will continue to keep local residents, businesses and other stakeholders informed about the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge and will provide further information about expected construction impacts and the final design for the project throughout the second half of 2021.

Key features

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Spaces to enjoy the river views

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.

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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 programmable colour-change LED lighting allowing the bridge to recognise special events and celebrations.

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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.

Commercial activation opportunities

Kangaroo Point Green Bridge - Commercial opportunities

More than just a bridge project, the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge presents several opportunities for new dining, drinking and event spaces on the bridge and its city landing, helping to create an iconic destination and new riverside space for Brisbane residents for generations to come.

This includes a potential restaurant, bar and event space above the viewing area on the approach to the city landing, a café at the city landing plaza, and small food and beverage outlets at viewing platforms in the centre of the bridge and the approach to the Kangaroo Point landing.

The potential inclusion of these commercial opportunities as part of the project will be subject to further design investigations and approvals.
 

Location

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Plan is indicative only and subject to approvals.

Accessible version

Download the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge location map (Word - 220kb).

Bridge height and access to moorings

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 will have a navigational clearance height of 12.7 metres, which is the same as 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.

In the interest of minimising private vessel movements in close proximity to bridge construction activities, Council will require all users of the Gardens Point Boat Harbour moorings to vacate the moorings by no later than 31 March 2022.

Council will continue to work closely with existing users of the moorings to understand their individual circumstances and manage the impacts of the change in access.

Ongoing walking and cycling connections

Council is committed to ensuring the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge provides safe and convenient access to the surrounding active transport network.

Following strong community interest in the bridge’s ongoing pedestrian and cycling connections, Council has reviewed the nearby transport network and facilities to ensure they best serve the community.

Connections to bridge landings

Find out more about the ongoing walking and cycling connections:

Kangaroo Point landing

Overhead map showing the relative location of the Kangaroo Point landing in relation to Main STreet, Deakin Street, Thornton Street, Hamilton Street, C.T. White park and the Bradfield Highway. Image also shows an Artist impression of the Main Street and Deakin Street connection.

Connections include:

  • a lift and stair connection from the bridge landing to C.T. White Park and riverside pathways
  • a new dedicated walking and cycling connection between Main Street and Deakin Street.
Main Street and Deakin Street connection

This new connection will provide direct, dedicated access for pedestrians and cyclists between the bridge landing at Scott Street and the eastern side of the Kangaroo Point Peninsula, as well as ongoing travel to and from the eastern suburbs.

The design for the Main Street and Deakin Street connection includes:

  • a new underpass via the existing Council depot beneath the Story Bridge
  • a raised priority crossing from the Scott Street bridge landing across Main Street
  • realignment of Deakin Street to provide an upgraded pedestrian path and two-way off-road cycle path
  • integration of new pathways with the existing road and path network
  • a relocated access driveway to the existing Council depot car park on Main Street.

Safety measures, including a reduced 40 km/h speed zone at both approaches to the raised priority crossing on Main Street will also be introduced, subject to a formal speed limit review.

Download the project plan for the Main Street and Deakin Street connection in your preferred format:

City landing

Overhead map showing the relative position of the city landing in relation to the city reach boardwalk, botanic gardens riverwalk, Edward Street and Alice Stree

Connections include:

  • the CityLink cycleway will provide access for cyclists and users of e-mobility devices from the bridge via Edward and Alice Street (currently undergoing a 12-month trial)
  • pedestrian and cycle connection to the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk, via the City Botanic Gardens.

The existing ramp connection to the City Reach Boardwalk is proposed to be removed, providing space for an expanded plaza area with river views.

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 more than 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.

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Initial investigations and options assessment

COMPLETED

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Release preliminary business case

COMPLETED

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Initial consultation phase

COMPLETED

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Technical investigations and design development

COMPLETED

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Consultation on draft reference design

COMPLETED

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Release design of new walking and cycling connections

COMPLETED

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Procurement

COMPLETED

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Construction

LATE 2021 TO 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.

Community consultation

Community and stakeholder feedback has been critical to the development of the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge.

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

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

In August and September 2020, Council undertook community consultation on the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge draft reference design. Council reviewed and analysed all feedback received and prepared a consultation summary document and consultation report that outlines the consultation process and feedback received.

Overall feedback indicated general positive support for the draft reference design, with 71% of survey respondents either completely or somewhat in favour of the overall design. 

In May 2021, Council released designs for new walking and cycling connections to the green bridge for the community to provide feedback on.

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

Project documents and resources

Download in your preferred format:

Last updated: 30 June 2021