The state government will also appoint external resources to assist the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure to review other bridges.

Aurecon has been tasked with identifying the cause of the problems with the pedestrian and cycling pathway attached to South Road Tram Overpass.

A brace was fitted to secure the bikeway at the weekend and allow South Road to reopen.

Transport and infrastructure minister Stephen Mullighan said: “The review of the South Road overpass by independent experts Aurecon, together with a review of other bridges, will enable the public to have full confidence in the condition existing bridge structures.

“This is in addition to the Government’s routine inspection regime, which involves engineers carefully assessing each bridge and identifying any maintenance work that needs to be completed. Each bridge component is rigorously examined to ensure the structure remains safe for travel.”