Ted Smout Bridge 10th Anniversary

The Ted Smout Memorial Bridge has stretched across Bramble Bay from Brighton to Clontarf for almost 10 years. The opening was on Sunday 11th July 2010 with celebrations from Decker Park at Brighton to Pelican Park at Clontarf.
The new 2.74km bridge is 35m east of the existing Houghton Highway and features three traffic lanes, a shared pedestrian/cycle path and an attached fishing platform. Construction of the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge was one of several major works carried out for the $315 million Houghton Highway Duplication Project. Other project works included:
  • An upgrade of the existing Houghton Highway bridge and its approach roads
  • Construction of new pedestrian/cycle pathways at both ends of the Houghton Highway
  • Demolition the old Hornibrook Bridge which had deteriorated severely. The bridge’s heritage-listed entry portals were retained and part of its northern end was rebuilt as a recreational/fishing platform which extends approximately 100m into Hays Inlet.
Photo taken by Ian Harding on opening day 2010 shows the three bridges.


Opened: 4 October 1935

Length:  2.684km

Width:  7.92m

Spans: 294

Cost £220 000

Material: ironbark and tallow wood

Height at channels 6.4m Pine River, 4.57m Hays Inlet

Built and financed by M R Hornibrook, M R Hornibrook Pty Limited & M R Hornibrook Limited



Opened:  20 December 1979

Length 2.74km

Width 11.1m

Spans: 99

Cost: $8.4 million

Material: reinforced concrete

Height at channels 7.4m Pine River, 5.3m Hays Inlet 61m from Hornibrook Highway into Bramble Bay

Built for the State Government by Barclay Brothers



Opened: 11 July 2010

Length 2.74km

Width: [TBA]

Spans: 78

Cost: $315 million

Material: reinforced concrete

Built for the State Government by Hull-Albem joint venture