Second Gateway Bridge opens to much acclaim
28 May 2010
The new Gateway Bridge opened to traffic on Monday 24 May, six months ahead of schedule.
The new bridge was constructed by Abigroup in a joint venture and during its three year construction period, 11,600 tonnes of steel was used, as well as 45,000 cubic metres of concrete and 9100 tonnes of asphalt.
“For a project of this scale to be delivered ahead of time requires meticulous planning, dedicated personnel and exceptional team work and the result is a project every member of the team can be truly proud of,” said Abigroup’s Construction Director Gerry van der Wal.
Four lanes of the bridge, which was officially named the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, were opened on Monday, with all six lanes to be opened in August 2010.
The original Gateway Bridge will remain open while the team carries out a six month staged refurbishment.
Prior to the traffic opening, tens of thousands of Queenslanders got a preview of the bridge when it was opened for a pedestrian walk-over on 16 May.
The special community day featured a fish and chips feast hosted by some of Brisbane’s best providers and a powerful opening ceremony greeted thousands of Queensland families.
“This is a historic day for Queensland and for the thousands of motorists who will use this vital motorway link every day,” said Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.
“This structure is a symbol of how far our State has come since the first Gateway Bridge was completed in 1986.
“This new bridge has even more to offer the public including a pedestrian walkway and cycle way and dedicated viewing platforms with stunning views of Moreton Bay.
“When I look at this wonderful structure I believe that Queenslanders can be proud of how far we’ve come and be confident of a bright future.”
Community activities on the bridge on 16 May