River bridged with pinpoint accuracy
City of Launceston’s new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Esk River reached an important milestone last month when the final twin spans reached the Seaport side of the Tasmanian river with accuracy down to 1mm.Work is now underway on the decking and electrical works for the bridge.
The stainless steel balustrade will have sensor lighting which increases brightness when people are detected crossing the bridge.
The bridge will also include feature lighting, capable of displaying all colours and designed by JMG Engineering.
Launceston Mayor, Albert van Zetten, said the construction of the bridge had been an engineering feat.
“It has been very exciting to see some of the gigantic spans being moved around on barges at the Seaport before they are lifted into position, and how effortless the BridgePro Engineering team have made this look.
“We’re thrilled at the positive comments from the public about the aesthetics of the bridge, and we are looking forward to seeing it open sometime in July for people to use.
“Our focus will then shift towards the ‘North Bank’ park itself. We expect to have our landscaping contractors on site towards the end of July, which is when we also expect demolition works to begin on the old Boral plant.
“From there we’ll be working to deliver the region’s newest recreation destination, where people of all ages can gather, with the 12m tall Sky Walk as its centrepiece.
“We’re committed to delivering that project before the end of 2018.
“Shortly after Christmas people will not only be able to walk across this fantastic new bridge, but actually cross it to one of the best parks in Tasmania.”