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.
 

Brisbane Victoria Bridge

 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.