After a $3 million restoration, the historic Currumbin Creek Footbridge has been reopened. The 113 year old bridge holds a rich history and heritage value to the Gold Coast and has now been conserved for future generations to enjoy.
The pedestrian and cycle access has not only been improved and widened for safety, but original structural components have been reinstalled for heritage and design purposes.
Once a steam train crossing, the bridge is the only structurally complete bridge still in existence on the South Coast railway line.
Constructed in 1903, the bridge was closed to rail traffic in the mid-1960s and was mainly used to support a number of utility services while also functioning as a narrow pedestrian bridge.
The South Coast line operated from 1889-1964 carrying people and freight from Brisbane to Coolangatta.
In 1994, the utility services were relocated and the bridge was repurposed as a pedestrian bridge, replacing the original timber sleepers with plywood decking, asphalt surfacing and pedestrian barriers.
The bridge was officially reopened on October 20, 2016. Division 14 Cr Gail O'Neill and Division 13 Cr Daphne McDonald were both in attendance at this historic occasion.