Construction work on the Little Fletcher Bridge pedestrian link has been completed in time for People’s Day at Townsville’s new Queensland Country Bank Stadium this weekend.
The bridge will link the Stadium Precinct to the rest of the Townsville CBD as part of the new Townsville Waterfront Promenade.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said it was an important milestone in the revamping of Townsville’s city centre.
“Not only does Little Fletcher Bridge make the Stadium Precinct more accessible, it also opens up the city’s entertainment area,” she said.
“Activating the CBD is a priority for council. Being able to connect crowds from the Stadium with the Townsville CBD is expected to have a positive impact on visitors numbers in the city centre, which will be great for local businesses.”
Townsville City Council has contributed $5.2 million to the $10.2 million project, with the additional $5 million coming in from the Queensland Government’s Building Our Regions program.
Work continues to progress on the remainder of the Townsville Waterfront Promenade, with the construction of more than 450m of concrete pathways and more than 170m of mangrove boardwalks along Ross Creek, as well as landscaping in the area.
Pathways from Little Fletcher Bridge to the stadium will be open for People’s Day and Elton John but will be closed after each event to allow further works to continue.
The council said this work would be complete in time for the first NQ Cowboys home game on March 13.