Clayton's bridge

A section of a major Brisbane arterial road was turned into a bridge – almost without anyone noticing – as part of the northern busway construction

Clayton's bridge
Clayton’s bridge

August 13, 2010

Brisbane’s expansive busway construction program turned to an innovative engineering approach in bridge building this month on one of the city’s busiest arterial roads.

A reinforced deck was built into a section of Lutwyche Road and as traffic continued to flow over the deck excavation took place underneath, creating a bridge.

Infrastructure Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says construction of the Lutwyche Road bridge differed from traditional bridge design with a 'top down' construction methodology.

He says this stage of the northern busway project is to enable construction of a new bus station at Lutwyche, set for completion in 2012.

Hinchliffe says the Lutwyche Busway Station will become a vibrant urban centre connecting both sides of Lutwyche Road, with new green space connecting Bradshaw Park with Kedron Brook.

"The Lutwyche Busway Station will not only service northern bus routes but will also include an underpass to allow pedestrians and cyclists to access inbound and outbound platforms without crossing busy Lutwyche Road," he says.

"By 2016, the Busway will have the ability to cater for 47,000 public transport trips per day – more than five times the current number.

The Windsor to Kedron section of the northern Busway is being built by Thiess John Holland as part of the Airport Link project.

When completed, this stage of the busway will link Windsor to the Royal Children's Hospital and the Inner Northern Busway to Brisbane CBD.

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