The dinky little bridge that cost more than a real one

The Albert “Tibby” Cotter Pedestrian Bridge (aka the Albert “Tibby” Cotter Walkway), over Anzac Parade in Moore Park, cost the taxpayer a staggering $38 million.

The bridge was a “captain’s pick” by Baird Government Roads Minister Duncan Gay. Like Gay’s tiny pedestrian tunnel in Arncliffe – the one that cost more than a high school – the job was awarded without going to tender – this time to Lend Lease.

The Tibby Cotter is basically a light-weight bolt-together structure on simple concrete piers with a deck of thin pre-cast concrete sheets.

Should it really have cost $38 million? Let’s compare it to some other pedestrian and general traffic bridges and other infrastructure projects.