Look at these concept images and ask yourself the simple question:
Why not ?
The Yarra River, Melbourne, Australia, has many beautiful and historic bridges. But it also has many bland, nondescript, almost ugly bridges. These bridges can be made to look really fantastic by covering them in ivy and ferns and encourage birdlife habitats. When this is completed the Yarra River can actually describe itself as the most picturesque river in the world.
SWAN STREET BRIDGE
The Swan Street Bridge is at the intersection of the Olympic Boulevard and the Yarra River near the Tennis Centre. Covering the bridge in ivy and adding ferns would not interfere with any motor car traffic or river traffic.
SWAN STREET BRIDGE NORTH ARCH
The north arch is too narrow for any river traffic and with plastic mesh fencing to a height of the highest point the river rises to after heavy rain, a birdlife habitat could easily survive there.
INTERIOR CEILING OF THE SWAN STREET BRIDGE
There is a lot of ceilinga area in all the arches of this bridge, and all the other ones shown here, that can have baskets attached and would be a perfect nesting area for birdlife.
KING STREET BRIDGE
This is a particularly nondescript bridge that has a huge amount of potential to beautify with ivy and ferns. No car or river traffic would be affected.
INTERIOR KING STREET BRIDGE
The interior of this bridge is vast and varied with narrow areas suitable for bird life habitats and a lot of cement shelves at different heights that can be planted with ferns and creepers.
HODDLE STREET BRIDGE
This bridge has two arches that are too narrow for river traffic but suitable for a bird life habitat. As with all the bridges shown here, soft lighting would look great in the evening.
CREMORNE RAILWAY BRIDGE
This railway bridge is huge and particularly non-descript. It has a lot of potential to be turned into a rainforest with bird-life habitats on both extreme arches that are too narrow to accommodate river traffic.
CREMORNE RAILWAY BRIDGE SOUTH ARCH
This south arch is used by cyclists and pedestrians alike and the gravel and graffiti could be replaced by ivy and ferns.
INTERIOR CREMORNE RAILWAY BRIDGE
The extreme left and right hand arches are too narrow for any river traffic so they can be turned into birdlife habitats and the whole interior can have ivy covering the cement arches and ferns growing from the higher shelves.
THE HEYINGTON RAILWAY BRIDGE
This is a huge railways bridge that is in a very boring part of the Yarra River and would look fantastic covered in ivy and ferns.
The Bolte government put the now named Monash Freeway right over Gardiner’s Creek that has created a canopy over the creek, be it in cement.
The road named Yarra Boulevard passes under the Monash Freeway right next to the Yarra River. This would look fantastic covered in ivy and with a forest of ferns underneath the arch.
MONASH FREEWAY ARCH
We see a perfect view looking up Gardiner’s Creek that stretches some 400 metres up to Glenferrie Road that would be perfect for the rainforest effect and a great birdlife habitat. There is a bike path and walk way for pedestrians right along the top side of it.
The Wallen Bridge in Hawthorn nearby Leonda Restaurant, Riversdale Road, has an interesting design and would benefit from ivy and creepers along the top and ferns and vegetation on the base cement foundations. Birdlife habitats would work well on the extreme left and right arches that are too narrow for river traffic.
HAWTHORN RAILWAY BRIDGE
This railway bridge has great blue stone foundations that should remain untouched. But the iron arch could be covered in ivy and ferns attached.
This footbridge sits right in the middle of the city and has plenty of scope for greening. The cement bench on the north bank is completely wasted and would look great with ferns and extensive flower boxes right along both sides of the bridge with colourful flowers would look marvellous.