A new vehicle bridge will be built, and an old bridge repurposed for pedestrians and cyclists as part of a $30 million program of works in Mt Crosby.
Seqwater is developing a master plan for the Mt Crosby East Bank precinct to reduce the flood risks to critical water infrastructure, while also celebrating the area’s rich cultural heritage.
The new bridge will now be incorporated into the draft master plan with the community given the opportunity to provide feedback before the plan is finalised.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Neil Brennan said the new bridge would address safety risks at the Mount Crosby Weir and improve connectivity for all road users.
Seqwater introduced a nine-tonne weight limit on the weir bridge in 2015 as a safety precaution following engineering assessments of the structure.
“The Mount Crosby Weir was constructed in 1926 and served as a tramway, allowing coal to be transported to the steam-powered pump station. Today, the bridge over the weir is open to traffic and locals regularly use it to access the sporting fields on the other side of the river,” Mr Brennan said.
“We assessed several options to address the safety issues including upgrading the existing weir bridge, permanently closing the weir bridge to traffic and building a new bridge.
“The option of a new bridge provides greater flood resilience than the existing weir bridge and allows access for heavy vehicles such as school buses. It also allows the weir bridge to be repurposed for pedestrians and cyclists and will connect to a new footpath along Stumers Road.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Neil Brennan said the community was invited to provide feedback on the draft master plan earlier in the year.
“We found many locals were supportive of improved access to community facilities and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the area. There was also support for increased safety and accessibility for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists along Stumers Road.
The draft master plan involves a series of projects over the next five years including a new substation and high voltage switch room on higher ground, refurbishing heritage buildings within the area, and installing a new structure to protect critical water infrastructure from debris in a flood. Once the new bridge has been built ownership will be transferred to Brisbane City Council.
Image: 3D concept of the new Mt Crosby bridge.
Mr Brennan said water infrastructure in Mt Crosby is critical to supplying the region’s daily drinking water and will become increasingly so in the future.
“Within a decade, the Mt Crosby water treatment plants will be providing up to 60 per cent of South East Queensland’s water supply so it’s critical we protect this infrastructure from extreme weather and floods,” he said.
Mr Brennan said Seqwater would be working with stakeholders over the coming months to finalise the master plan, which is expected to be lodged by the end of 2018.
Seqwater will also be holding a drop-in information session at the Mt Crosby Bowls Club, Mt Crosby Road on Thursday 18 October between 4pm and 6pm to answer questions about the master plan and bridge projects.
To find out more about the master plan, visit yoursay.seqwater.com.au/ebfrp