Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Neil Brennan said the re-opening of the 95-year-old, single-lane weir bridge, which crosses the Brisbane River between Kholo and Mount Crosby, reinstates an important route for locals and coincides with construction starting on a new, higher, dual-lane bridge that will provide greater flood resilience and capacity to meet the needs of the growing community.
“I’m pleased to announce the Mount Crosby Weir Bridge has re-opened to traffic as we see the adjacent new bridge reach a significant construction milestone,” Mr Brennan said.
“Once complete, the new dual-lane bridge will be able to accommodate more vehicles, two-way traffic, and will be almost three metres higher than the existing weir bridge, providing greater flood resilience and connectivity within the local area.”
Mr Brennan thanked the community for their patience while repairs to the Weir Bridge were underway.
“Seqwater worked alongside our project partners BMD Constructions to replace more than 265 metres of damaged guard rail, make more than 110 individual concrete repairs along the weir bridge surface, and reconstruct the bridge approaches to make the crossing safe for traffic once again,” Mr Brennan said.
“We know this bridge makes a real difference to travel times, so we thank the local community for their patience and understanding while these vital repairs were made.
“The weir bridge will remain open to traffic as the new bridge is built and will then be converted into a pedestrian and cycle pathway, to continue providing an important community link for many years to come.”
The reopening of the Mount Crosby Weir Bridge and construction of the new vehicle bridge is part of Seqwater’s East Bank Flood Resilience Program, to improve the area’s flood resilience and connectivity.
The new bridge will be located approximately 15 metres downstream from the existing Mount Crosby Weir Bridge. Installation of the foundations has commenced, which will be followed by the placement of the bridge decks later this year.
The new Mount Crosby Vehicle Bridge is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
For more information on the East Bank Flood Resilience Program, visit: www.seqwater.com.au/project/east-bank-flood-resilience-program