Why these 12 river crossings?
All of the river crossings have been identified in some form in planning documents developed by local, state and federal governments over the past 90 years.
The year after Brisbane’s formation, the 1926 Cross River Commission proposed a range of additional river crossings as the Victoria Bridge (1865, 1897, 1969) was at capacity. Bridges constructed after this included the William Jolly Bridge (1932), the Walter Taylor Bridge (1936) and the Story Bridge (1940). The original Centenary Bridge was completed in 1964. In 1965, the Brisbane Transportation Study identified a need for more cross-river capacity, resulting in the Captain Cook Bridge (1968) and the Gateway Bridge (1986) as well as the duplication of the Centenary Bridge (1987).
The 1989 Brisbane Traffic Study and other plans considered several new bridges for pedestrians, bicycle and buses, resulting in the Goodwill Bridge (2001), Eleanor Schonell Bridge (2006) and Kurilpa Bridge (2009). The TransApex proposal of 2004 resulted in the tolled Clem 7 tunnel (2010) and Go Between Bridge (2010). The Gateway Bridge was duplicated in 2012 to provide a high standard eastern bypass of Brisbane.