Rose Garden Bridge offers link for pedestrians, cyclists

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An all-abilities pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting the city centre with the Queens Domain is now open to the public.

The Rose Garden Bridge is an initiative to enhance Hobart’s pedestrian and cycling network. It links the city centre, from Bathurst Street and across Brooker Avenue, to Queens Domain sporting and recreation facilities, as well as to the Glebe residential area.

The City of Hobart took possession of the bridge – which measures 60 metres in length and is situated 6.5 metres above the roadway – and connecting footpaths this afternoon. Following a final inspection, it was immediately opened for public use.

“While it’s disappointing that there have been delays on this project, we’re pleased to now be able to deliver this quality piece of active travel infrastructure that will last many years to come,” Cr Reynolds said.

It was discovered just days before the scheduled opening in early December that the bridge deck coating had not met the City’s expectations and was deemed a hazard, preventing the opening of the bridge.

The contractor sourced an alternative product and the original coating was removed and replaced, with several layers applied over a number of weeks. Quality testing was carried out between each application.

“The result is a safe, convenient and – most importantly – fully accessible pedestrian and cycle crossing of Brooker Avenue,” Cr Reynolds said.

“Unlike the existing underpass, which is almost 60 years old, the new bridge is suitable for cyclists, parents with prams, people with wheelchairs and those with limited mobility.

“It’s been designed to provide a high level of accessibility and active travel amenity.”

The construction project included relocation of underground services and a new, high-quality and well-lit footpath and cycleway alongside the University Rose Garden, linking the bridge to Aberdeen Street, the Doone Kennedy Aquatic Centre, the Domain and the Bridge of Remembrance.

Further minor commissioning works and landscaping will take place at a later date.

A formal opening of the bridge will be conducted once the public gathering restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have been lifted.

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