Council approves Brooker Avenue pedestrian bridge

THE Hobart City Council has approved the development application for a pedestrian bridge spanning the Brooker Avenue, between Bathurst Street and the Queens Domain, at its 11 July meeting.

The project, which is part of the council’s 10-year, $300 million capital works plan, is scheduled for construction to begin in the 2016-17 financial year.

The bridge will connect the city to the Domain by providing a safe crossing for pedestrians of all abilities, bike riders and families with prams and strollers.

Hobart Deputy Lord Mayor Ron Christie said the location of the bridge and its visually striking design would provide a gateway to the city.

“It will complement the Railway Roundabout’s underpass by providing an alternative more suited to people of all abilities,” he said.

Council’s City Infrastructure Committee chair, Alderman Helen Burnet, said the project was in line with the council’s commitment to make Hobart “a city with people in mind.”

“By linking city workers with the domain precinct we are providing both recreational and commuting options for pedestrians and bike riders,” she said.

“Better access to community facilities such as the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre and the historical Rose Garden, not to mention better linking of the University of Tasmania (UTAS) education precincts, should also encourage more people to leave the car at home.

“The bridge will also support the UTAS domain campus, including linking staff and students of the nationally-recognised School of Nursing and Midwifery.”

The bridge and associated works was designed by local firm Terroir Architects, in collaboration with national and international architects.

Caption: The design plan for the new Brooker Avenue footbridge. Photo credit: Terroir Architects.

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