New pedestrian and cycle bridge to provide safer crossing for Samford
Published 19 August 2021
Construction is officially underway on a new pedestrian and bike bridge that will solve a notorious safety issue in Samford.
The new $4.5 million structure will be separate and adjacent to Private Percy Cash Bridge, thanks to a game changing $2.5 million contribution from the Queensland Government.
Mayor Peter Flannery said Moreton Bay Regional Council was proud to be delivering an outcome that locals had long called for and it would be ready by January 2022, weather permitting.
“Locals have long warned of the real safety issues associated with this traffic pinch point and the fact that there’s only enough room for cars to pass each other," he said.
"Being able to build a new green bridge to completely separate pedestrians and bike riders from motorists is an optimal outcome thanks to our partnership with the state government.
“Private Percy Cash Bridge, Samford is the only way to cross the South Pine River out of Samford.
"This area has become a bike riding Mecca in South East Queensland, so this project is essential to ensure our infrastructure keeps pace with demand.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the new bridge will integrate with the existing pathway network.
“This new three-metre-wide pedestrian and bike bridge will connect with kilometres of paths for locals to get outside and explore their region by foot or on wheels,” he said.
“It will also give unprecedented accessibility to people who rely on mobility scooters to get around the Samford region and improve safety for everyone.
“Part of the Queensland Government funding is from the Works for Queensland program, a stimulus project helping Queenslanders unite and recover through the COVID pandemic, so we come out the other side stronger than ever before.
“I want to acknowledge the hard work of Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd who assisted to secure this funding and the local Councillor Darren Grimwade for putting this important project on our radar.”
Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd said she was determined to see this project delivered to keep the Samford community moving.
“Securing the funding for this project shows the power of governments working together,” she said.
“Local mums, dads, children and even the elderly will be able to get out and move safely around our community, which has only become more valuable after experiencing COVID-19.
“I can’t wait to see families out and about enjoying themselves as we continue to recover”
Councillor Darren Grimwade (Division 11) said he was amazed the region’s spectacular beauty had remained a secret for so long, given Samford’s proximity to Brisbane.
“I’m so proud to be hosting the first ever regional council meeting in Samford in September to showcase this wonderful hinterland community and to celebrate the start of these works with my fellow councillors,” he said.
“This $4.5 million project complements much of the other community infrastructure we’ve recently delivered around Samford, like the new $4.45 Samford Community Hub where the meeting will be held.
“This year’s record 2021-22 Budget will deliver millions of dollars’ worth of road upgrades to the region, including $800,000 to beautify Main Street in Samford Village with new streetscaping.
“I’ve fought hard to put Samford on the map so it’s great to see that coming to fruition for locals and future generations.”
Moreton Bay Regional Council would like to acknowledge a funding contribution of $500,000 from the Queensland Government (Works for Queensland program) and $2 million from Department of Transport and Main Roads towards this project.