Monday, May 17, 2010

Heavy Traffic on the Gateway Bridge

Brisbane folks love a bridge and yesterday 170,000 people walked across this brand new one.

This is what the Second Gateway Bridge looked like from the south side yesterday. The event was a public walk across what will soon be a very busy car bridge over the Brisbane River. It's been built right next to and almost mirroring the First Gateway bridge (which is the one with the cars on it in the photo). The idea is that it will ease traffic congestion on the original bridge by having traffic on one bridge going in one direction and traffic on the other bridge going in the opposite direction.

length: 1.6km
height at highest point: 78m
new name for both bridges : Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges (like that's going to stick!)

7 comments:

Julie said...

Yeah, it is so NOT going to stick. What a dumb name. Sometimes I worry about Bligh. Especially when I see her suits.

observer said...

i think it will stick eventually - when i was growing up, my parents would talk about the Grey Street Bridge - i don't know anyone now who calls the William Jolly Bridge by that name, 'cept my brothers and sisters

Hey Harriet said...

Wow that's a huge turnout!

Brisbane has gone bridge crazy! They're popping up all over the place. Which is fine by me. I like bridges :)

Bill said...

Thanks for showing us the new bridge, (with a silly name), we're in Sydney for another week and have missed this event.

Annie said...

Yes, I was sorry I missed it too. Good shot Cara...and must have been a great event!

Steffe said...

That is a lot of people. And probably a fun event.

J Bar said...

Great shot of the fanfare.
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