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    Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology
    The Honourable Robert Schwarten

    KURILPA BRIDGE DECK COMPLETE

    Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology
    The Honourable Robert Schwarten

    Monday, May 11, 2009

    KURILPA BRIDGE DECK COMPLETE

    The deck of the $63.3 million Kurilpa Bridge is now complete, Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten announced today <11 May>.

    Mr Schwarten will mark the occasion by being the first non-construction worker to walk from the legal precinct in Roma Street to the Gallery of Modern Art at Southbank.

    “The structural steel elements of the bridge touched earlier this month on Friday 1 May but it was only this morning that there were sufficient concrete components in place to cross the bridge,” Mr Schwarten said.

    “It won’t be too much longer until Brisbane locals and tourists will get to enjoy the same view I will today with the bridge scheduled to complete in September this year.”

    Mr Schwarten said the Kurilpa Bridge project was both on schedule and within budget.

    “The construction of the bridge is also good news for the economy with 65 people currently working on the site and more than 1050 people employed on the project since construction began,” he said.

    Mr Schwarten said despite the bridge looking near complete, its appearance will continue to change with the installation of a continuous all weather canopy over the bridge deck.

    “Anti-throw screens are being installed over the Bicentennial Bike way, Riverside Expressway and North Quay

    “Horizontal spars located above the all weather canopy will also be added to the network of masts and cables already in place.

    “The existing maroon coloured temporary braces will be removed when all cables have been tensioned precisely and set in their final position.”

    Kurilpa Bridge is the first pedestrian bridge in the world to be based on tensegrity construction principles which balance the tension of the cables with the concrete and steel components to produce a light-weight but strong structure.

    The completion of Kurilpa Bridge will form a major part of Queensland’s 150th Anniversary celebrations.

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