The Green Bridge connecting Chevron Island and Surfers Paradise has reached another major milestone today, with a 44-metre long steel box girder successfully placed on the bridge.
It comes as the $19.5 million project, which promises to turn Chevron Island into a creative corridor, moves into the final construction phase ahead of “practical completion” early next year.
Mayor Tom Tate this morning inspected the bridge construction and three-dimensional façade titled ’40 Million Mornings’, which will wrap the j-shaped landing over Evandale Lake.
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“Seven years ago we first started talking about a new green pedestrian and cycle link to Chevron Island,” he told reporters from the site on Friday.
“Now it is close to reality as early next year our evolving cultural precinct will be within walking distance of Chevron Island, our busy tourist hub of Surfers Paradise and beyond via the light rail corridor.”
Mayor Tate said he was delighted to mark the major milestone of the bridge, which spans 130 metres across the Nerang River.
“Construction with piling activities, installing piers, northern and southern landings and the placement of the four steel box bridge girders is complete,” the Mayor said.
“We have also upgraded the shared path around Evandale Lake to provide a wider connection from the bridge to HOTA Outdoor Stage.”
Over the next few weeks GBJV (Georgiou Brady Joint Venture) will put the finishing touches on the bridge with the blue concrete deck and the voronoi shaped balustrading as well as complete landscaping works.”
According to the Mayor, the design draws on the themes of water and open hands to underpin the notion of past, present and future, while the facade also comprises 26 modules of artwork made from anodised aluminium.
“The folded form and golden colour represents the colour of the sun on the Nerang River over 40 million mornings,” Mayor Tate says.
“Lit at night it will create a striking beacon that is reflected on the lake, which will provide a new selfie moment for the city.”
The space also features a fig tree which was relocated from with the HOTA precinct and seating for what the Mayor says will provide “appreciation of the views across the precinct and the city skyline.”
So far, the Green Bridge project has provided 340 jobs with 50 per cent taken up by local workers.