QLD Govt proposes to build new $700m Bribie Island bridge

Monica Gameng   |   July 11, 2024
Artist impression of the new Bribie Island bridge (cr: Department of Transport and Main Roads)

The Miles Labor Government is proposing to build a new bridge to Bribie Island as part of its 2024 election commitment. 

The new $700 million bridge is set to provide a safer, more reliable and accessible connection between Bribie Island and the mainland. 

“Moreton Bay is one of the fastest growing areas in our state, and the Government I lead is committed to doing what matters for Queenslanders here and right across this vast state. 

“Extensive community consultation has already shown that Bribie Island locals and visitors alike understand the need to plan for the future,” Premier Steven Miles said. 

“Our Government is committed to doing what matters to Queenslanders right now, through 20 per cent off rego and almost free public transport that will start next month. 

“But we also understand how important it is to plan for the future, and that means being able to show Queensland how much our plans will cost, and how we will pay for them,” Deputy Premier and Treasurer Cameron Dick said. 

Artist impression Bribie Island Bridge shared pathway Dec23Artist impression of the shared pathway on the new Bribie Island bridge (source: Department of Transport and Main Roads)

Key features of the proposed new Bribie Island bridge include: 

  • New 2-lane eastbound traffic bridge with road shoulders and separated active transport path 
  • Existing bridge to provide 2 westbound traffic lanes 
  • Crossing points on the roads that approach the bridges to transfer traffic between the bridges if required 
  • Improved resilience due to the ability to manage incidents or maintenance by running 2-way traffic on either bridge if required 
  • Sylvan Beach Esplanade intersection realigned to provide safer turns 
  • Widening Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to 4 lanes from Bestmann Road East to Benabrow Avenue 
  • Traffic signals at Sandstone Point Hotel access 
  • Active transport path connections on the island and the mainland 
  • Pelican perches that overhang the water on both bridges 

The business case for the new Bribie Island bridge is yet to be finalised, the current Queensland Government is committing $700 million in new borrowings to fund the project. 

“This is great news for our community. 

“Locals tell me every day they are concerned about access, safety and congestion around the existing Bribie Island bridge, especially when traffic incidents occur. 

“A new bridge for Bribie Island has been talked about for many years now, and I’m very proud to be part of a Government that is committed to deliver it,” Member for Pumicestone Ali King said. 

“A new bridge to Bribie Island has been talked about for a long time, and the Miles Government will deliver it. 

“Considerable work has already been undertaken, including the completion of technical investigations, options analysis and community consultation to inform development of a concept design. 

“The concept design is a sustainable, flexible, and cost-effective solution, fully utilising the existing bridge to reduce the width cost and impact associated with constructing a new four lane bridge,” Minister for Transport and Main Roads Bart Mellish said. 

Source: Queensland Government – Media Statements; Queensland Government – Department of Transport and Main Roads 

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