Brisbane CBD, Brisbane's future & new infrastructure, South Brisbane and South Bank

Bridges, tunnels, busways…

Tank Street bridgeIn former Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s day the count of cranes on Brisbane’s skyline was the simplest measure of progress. Today of course you need to look a little lower, with much of the major infrastructure works now below our city’s streets. The CBD currently looks like a giant bunny has been burrowing about with the new Inner Northern route been built to take our buses below ground, and King George Square being rebuilt in the process. The biggest rabbit warren of them all of course is the North South Bypass, a mammoth $3billion project that will soon see two boring machines disappear under the city. BCC are holding a limited open day this Sunday for a chance to see the 12m diameter borers up close and 4000 people quickly snapped up the passes. These oversized drill bits are more than 200m long and will each chew through 20 metres of rock a day.

Back above ground and construction’s also started on the $63million Tank Street bridge (pictured left), linking North Quay to the Kurilpa Point corner of South Brisbane for pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge will feature a continuous all-weather canopy for its entire length and is planned to finish in late 2009 to coincide with Queensland’s 150th birthday celebrations. Architects Cox Rayner are behind the design again, having worked on the neighbouring Goodwill Bridge that’s now 6 years old. That one cost around $33million and while the new crossing is more complex it does give you some idea of cost rises in recent times.