We've been a bit bridge-crazy in Brisbane recently: the Green (Eleanor Schonell) Bridge; the not yet completed Hale St (Go-Between) Bridge; the Kurilpa Bridge; all constructed over the past few years. Why? Well, the function of a bridge is fairly self-evident - to get people from one side of the Brisbane River to the other ;-) Why so many lately? There's nothing new in the discussions, they have been going on since before Brisbane was a proper city. When this bridge was built at West End in 1941, it was part of a plan to build a bridge across the river from West End to the University.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)
The overpass in my photograph is the Dornoch Terrace Bridge, where Dornoch Terrace crosses over Boundary St in West End, and it was constructed by the Brisbane City Council. Unfortunately the plans for it to be part of a river-crossing came to nought. The depression put the building of the University on hold, and then WWII forced cost reductions to the whole project. As a result, the bridge proposal was scrapped. Pictured below in 1940 is some of the work that was carried out before the project was abandoned.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #191071)
However, Brisbane's growth in population and the resultant strain on infrastructure eventually led to the construction of the Eleanor Schonell Bridge, more commonly known as the "Green Bridge" because it caters only for buses, bicycles and pedestrians. The long dreamed of cross-river link to the university finally became reality when the Green Bridge opened in December 2006.
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