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Rose Garden Bridge offers pedestrian and cyclist link

AN all-abilities pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting the city centre with the Queens Domain is now open to the public.

The Rose Garden Bridge is an initiative to enhance Hobart’s pedestrian and cycling network, linking the city centre from Bathurst Street and across Brooker Avenue to Queens Domain sporting and recreation facilities, as well as to the Glebe residential area.

The bridge is 60-metres in length and is situated up to 6.5 metres above the roadway.

“While it’s disappointing that there have been delays on this project, we’re pleased to now be able to deliver this quality piece of active travel infrastructure that will last many years to come,” City of Hobart Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

The bridge was originally scheduled to open in early December, but it was discovered the bridge deck coating did not meet the City’s expectations and was deemed a hazard.

The contractor sourced an alternative product and the original coating was removed and replaced, with several layers applied over a number of weeks.

Quality testing was carried out between each application.

“The result is a safe, convenient and – most importantly – fully accessible pedestrian and cycle crossing of Brooker Avenue,” Lord Mayor Reynolds said.

“Unlike the existing underpass, which is almost 60-years-old, the new bridge is suitable for cyclists, parents with prams, people with wheelchairs and those with limited mobility.

“It has been designed to provide a high level of accessibility and active travel amenity.”

The construction project included relocation of underground services and a new, high-quality and well-lit footpath and cycleway alongside the University Rose Garden, linking the bridge to Aberdeen Street, the Doone Kennedy Aquatic Centre, the Domain and the Bridge of Remembrance.

Further minor commissioning works and landscaping will take place at a later date.

Caption: The Rose Garden Bridge connecting the city with the Queens Domain is now open to the public.