The bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Brooker Avenue is a Transforming Hobart project. When completed it will provide improved connections between the Inner City and Queens Domain sporting and recreation facilities, as well as to the Glebe residential area, and between UTAS education facilities at Campbell Street and the Domain.
The potential location for the new bridge was identified as a key recommended project within the Inner City Action Plan, and responds directly to the key recommendations from the Gehl Architects Report, Hobart 2010 Public Spaces and Public Life – a city with people in mind.
The location was also recommended by the Queens Domain Master Plan 2013-33, and forms part of the path The City to Garden Way, linking the city to the Royal Botanical Gardens.
The bridge will better address the amenity and connectivity between the Inner City and the Queens Domain bushland, sporting and recreation precinct, as well as to the Glebe residential area. It will provide a significantly improved, safe and accessible pedestrian and cycling crossing point that links the Campbell Street education precinct to the re-established University of Tasmania presence – Old Rose Garden education site. The bridge will create a striking architectural entry point to the city along Brooker Avenue. The bridge will further extend and connect the city’s pedestrian and cycle network.
For more information, visit the Inner City Action Plan webpage and the Queens Domain webpage for the Queens Domain Master Plan 2013-33.
It is funded through the City of Hobart’s Capital Works Program. The total estimated cost of the project is $6.5 million.
The bridge features a steel girder construction with concrete abutments at the landing points either side of Brooker Avenue. It includes a clear span over Brooker Avenue of some 60 metres and is 6.5 metres at its highest point.
The bridge was designed by City of Hobart staff, led by Executive Manager City Design, George Wilkie and VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd (VEC). VEC is a leader in the design and construction of bridges and has built a diverse range of structures, from large multiple-span highway bridges to small single-span road, rail and pedestrian bridges.
The bridge is being constructed by Tasmanian based company VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd (VEC). The steel fabrication for the bridge is being undertaken in Tasmania by Haywards Steel. The company fabricates heavy steel bridges and other major structural items for civil construction projects in most Australian states.
This is a large-scale project which will involve drilling activities to install piers as well as the use of construction plant, machinery and associated vehicles. There will be noise, however VEC are aware of the impact on nearby residents and businesses and will attempt wherever possible to keep the noise disruption to a minimum.
VEC has advised that its civil construction units are well trained to apply best practice to protect the environment during construction. Water in combination with other approaches, may be used to reduce dust emission.
Major construction activities will take place during the day from 7.30 am to 6 pm. Taking account of the need to minimise the impact on traffic movement, some construction may be required outside of these hours. The builder has access to the site seven days a week, but may not work all these days.
Signage will be erected to help you find your way.