Hurricane Katrina influences $315m Redcliffe bridge design
The Ted Smout memorial bridge as part of the Houghton highway duplication will open on July 11, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh told Parliament today.
The 2.7km, $315 million dollar bridge, named after First World War veteran Ted Smout, will improve the link between Brisbane and Redcliffe.
Ms Bligh said lessons learnt from Hurricane Katrina influenced the design of the bridge which was built to withstand a 1 in 2000 year storm, the first of its kind in Australia.
Ms Bligh said the bridge featured a custom built pelican perch, fishing platform and bike way.
This bridge is “a win for residents, a win for fishermen and a win for pelicans”, the Premier said.
A festival would be held on opening day to celebrate the project’s completion, including a classic car show and a bridge race.