Australia’s longest bridge (at time of opening), the 2.7km Ted Smout Memorial Bridge, was officially opened on July 11, 2010. Named in honour of the Sandgate World War I veteran, is 2.7km long and links Brisbane and Redcliffe. It runs alongside the existing Houghton Highway, and required 120,000 tonnes of concrete for its construction. The bridge is five to six metres above water level – slightly higher than the Houghton Highway – and has been designed to withstand a one in 2000 year storm event.
GM Poles custom designed, tapered round, streetlighting poles frame the bridge. The poles unique, steeply tapered angled outreaches prevent pelicans from landing on the poles, a critical part of the design brief.