Listen: Regional Director for our North Coast region of Dept of Transport & Main Roads, Scott Whitaker joins Mornings with Fee to chat about Bribie bridge project.
The public is being asked to have their say on a new Bribie Island Bridge.
Member for Pumicestone Ali King said plans for a proposed new bridge were outlined in a recently released business case.
“The Bribie Island bridge is an icon, but it’s also 60 years old and prone to traffic congestion,” she said.
“With more foot, bike and vehicle traffic using the bridge, it’s clear we need to improve access to and from Bribie Island.
“I want to make sure locals and visitors can spend less time driving and more time enjoying the great lifestyle in our beautiful part of Queensland.”
Ms King said technical investigations to help develop the new bridge’s concept design had begun.
“A detailed assessment of the existing bridge began in November 2022, and crews will soon start geotechnical drilling in Pumicestone Passage to assess where a new bridge could be built,” Ms King said.
“How to look after local pelicans will be a key consideration, and we will be working closely with wildlife specialists during the planning phase.
“I encourage anyone wanting to have their say on the future bridge to make your voice heard.”
Ms King said a new bridge would mean four lanes across the Pumicestone Passage to and from Bribie Island.
“We know how important it is to improve transport connections to Bribie Island, so this is an important step forward,” Ms King said.
“These plans come as part of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s $29.7 billion transport and roads plan over the next four years, supporting 25,200 good, secure jobs for Queenslanders.
“We’re delivering better services right across the state, helping Queenslanders get home sooner and safer.”
The planning for the business case will consider opportunities to retain the existing bridge and add a new, two-lane bridge with improved pedestrian and bike rider facilities.
In this scenario, another two-lane bridge would eventually be required to replace the existing bridge.
An further alternative is an entirely new four-lane bridge.
The results of the detailed assessment of the existing bridge will be essential in determining its current condition, remaining life, maintenance and rehabilitation costs, and if continued use is a practical option.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads is seeking feedback to help inform planning in the development of a concept design. Have your say via an interactive map on the Queensland Government website.
Consultation will close at 9am on 27 February 2023.
Join the project team at an upcoming drop-in session and talk more about the project.
Monday 6 February 2023 10:00 am – 02:00 pm
Bribie Island Shopping Centre
Monday 13 February 2023 10:00 am – 02:00 pm
Bribie Island Shopping Centre
Sunday 19 February 2023 10:00 am – 02:00 pm
Feedback will help develop a concept design to provide four lanes across Pumicestone Passage and consider the future of the existing bridge.
The concept design will be presented for further community comment in 2023.
Funding for new bridge construction will be considered in future funding rounds against other transport infrastructure priorities across the state.
For more information, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au and search ‘Bribie Island Bridge planning’.