Construction has started on a dedicated pedestrian and bike bridge that will solve a notorious safety issue in Samford.
The new $4.5 million structure will be separate and adjacent to Private Percy Cash Bridge, thanks to a $2.5 million contribution from the State Government.
Mayor Peter Flannery says Moreton Bay Regional Council was pleased to start building the bridge, which residents had long lobbied for.
“Locals have long warned of the real safety issues associated with this traffic pinch point and the fact that there’s only enough room for cars to pass each other," he says.
"Being able to build a new green bridge to completely separate pedestrians and bike riders from motorists is an optimal outcome thanks to our partnership with the State Government.
Mayor Flannery says Private Percy Cash Bridge is the only way to cross the South Pine River out of Samford and is currently shared by motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.
"This area has become a bike riding Mecca in southeast Queensland, so this project is essential to ensure our infrastructure keeps pace with demand.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says the bridge will integrate with the existing pathway network.
“This new three-metre-wide pedestrian and bike bridge will connect with kilometres of paths for locals to get outside and explore their region by foot or on wheels,” he says.
“It will also give unprecedented accessibility to people who rely on mobility scooters to get around the Samford region.”
Mr Bailey says part of the government funding is from the Works for Queensland program, a stimulus project helping Queenslanders unite and recover through the COVID pandemic.
“I want to acknowledge the hard work of Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd who assisted to secure this funding and the local Councillor Darren Grimwade for putting this important project on our radar.”
Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd says she was determined to see this project delivered to keep the Samford community moving.
“Local mums, dads, children and even the elderly will be able to get out and move safely around our community, which has only become more valuable after experiencing COVID-19.
“I can’t wait to see families out and about enjoying themselves as we continue to recover.”
Councillor Darren Grimwade (Div 11) says he is amazed the region’s spectacular beauty has remained a secret for so long, given Samford’s proximity to Brisbane.
“This $4.5 million project complements much of the other community infrastructure we’ve recently delivered around Samford, like the new $4.45 Samford Community Hub.”
The new bridge is expected to be finished by January, weather permitting.