Brisbane Victoria Bridge
Serving as connection between the Brisbane Central
Business District and the Queensland Cultural Center and
South Bank Parklands over the Brisbane River. The Victoria
Bridge is Brisbane's first permanent bridge and fifth
crossing of the Brisbane River, and has been erected for the
third time since its first completion in June 1874. What
started out as a temporary wooden structure has evolved into
an aesthetic success: an inspiration to the field of design
and architecture solutions and has been a great help for
motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike, with the problems
in motor traffic being bombarded with resolutions for
further alleviation of the issue.
Tracing history back to its opening in 1874, the early iron
structure of the Victoria Bridge became a benchmark in
linking the north and south banks of the river, which has
been an important factor to south bank's commercial
development. It was washed out by floodwaters
in 1893 and a
replacement was built in 1897.
Another slice of history happened during a parade that
signaled the end of the First World War in 1918, Hector
Vasyli, an 11-year-old child was accidentally killed by a
troop truck in the parade while welcoming soldiers. In his
memory, a marble table was erected at the site, on the
southern end of the bridge.
The demolition of the bridge in
1969, which gave room to the present bridge, has caused the
temporary removal of the memorial tablet and was
subsequently placed at the exact spot on April 1970. The
design of the present Victoria Bridge is a brainchild of
engineers Brameld and McIntosh. Carrying four lanes of
traffic, the bridge could be accessed from Quay of William
and Queen streets in the north and Stanley and Melbourne
streets in the south.
| Originally designed as a thin roadway,
the bridge's thickness has been doubled for continuity
purposes. The former colors of the street lighting, a
combination of white and pink, aim to link and blend the
bridge with the stone buildings in the area. The colors of
the lamp stands were modified to a more elegant black and
the lighting became a dazzling white, which was supplied by
neon tubes, a move which helped to make festive occasions
look more breathtaking.
Aside from the Victoria Bridge, the other major bridges that
crosses the Brisbane River are Gateway, Story, Captain Cook,
Goodwill, William Jolly, Merivale, Eleanor Schonnel, Jack
Pesch, Albert, Walter Taylor and Centenary.