Which bridge is the new construction boom?
It’s been a long time coming for the Johnstown Bridge, but the first major construction project in its 50-year history is now underway.
Construction on the $1.2 billion bridge began in July and will be completed by the end of 2020.
The project is being overseen by the Federal Government’s Bureau of Transport and Main Roads (BMTR) and will see the construction of an elevated bridge, a new interchange, a pedestrian walkway and a new light rail station.
Construction is expected to start in 2019.
It is expected the project will create thousands of construction jobs and generate $200 million to $300 million in economic benefits to the region.
The Johnstown bridge will be the first bridge in Australia to be completed at a cost of $1bn.
It will be constructed over a 3.5km section of the John and Johnstone bridges, which are part of the existing Queensland State Highway system.
The new Johnstown crossing will be connected to the existing bridge at the old Brisbane Airport.
The bridge will feature new concrete and steel construction panels, steel spars, new lighting and an LED system.
Construction of the bridge will also involve a major re-construction of the old bridge.
Johnstown Bridge construction will include a new pedestrian walkways, a traffic management centre, new pedestrian crossing guards, new traffic signs and signage at the new interchange.
The Queensland Government is also responsible for the project, which has been designed to be “efficient, efficient and safe”.
Johnstown’s new bridge is expected be completed in 2020 and is expected bring a total of more than $300m in economic benefit.
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