Indooroopilly Riverwalk - Indooroopilly

Brisbane City Council advises that construction of the Indooroopilly Riverwalk has commenced and works are progressing well. It is anticipated that works will be complete by late 2021, weather and construction conditions permitting. 

Traffic detour for eastbound vehicles on Witton Road

Traffic changes and footpath diversions have been implemented on Witton Road, between Twigg Street and the Indooroopilly Canoe Club during the school holidays – Saturday 27 June to Saturday 11 July 2020. Find out more.

Project summary

This table provides summary information on the Indooroopilly Riverwalk project including address, ward, project outcome, project plan and latest news.
Address Witton Road and Twigg Street to Witton Barracks, Indooroopilly
Ward Walter Taylor
Project outcome Improve safety and connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians
Latest news

Traffic detour for eastbound vehicles on Witton Road - Saturday 27 June to Saturday 11 July 2020

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About the project

Council encourages active transport and is committed to providing residents and visitors with travel options that are quicker and safer. Once complete, the Indooroopilly Riverwalk will provide a high quality, separated two-way cyclist and pedestrian riverwalk that takes advantage of the outlook over the Brisbane River. 

The riverwalk will significantly improve active transport through the area, by providing a safe and accessible route from Twigg Street to the Jack Pesch Bridge and the Indooroopilly Rail Station, with additional connections to Radnor Street and Riverview Terrace. 

The Indooroopilly Riverwalk is a critical part of a future active transport corridor between the Western Freeway Bikeway and the University of Queensland. Additionally, Council is investigating options for a cyclist connection between the Moggill Road and Coonan Street intersection and the Indooroopilly Riverwalk. 

From the viewing platform along the new riverwalk, residents and visitors will have access to the views of the Brisbane River and the iconic Walter Taylor Bridge. 

Following a tender period in 2019, Georgiou Brady Joint Venture was the successful tenderer to undertake construction of the riverwalk.

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Project benefits

The project will benefit the community by:

  • improving safety and efficiency for pedestrians and cyclists with a separated off-road facility
  • promoting an active and healthy lifestyle by encouraging more walking and cycling
  • creating a critical part of a future bikeway corridor between the Western Freeway Bikeway and University of Queensland.

Project details

The project will include:

  • five-metre-wide pedestrian and two-way separated cyclist facility
  • shared cyclist and pedestrian connection to Foxton Street from the riverwalk
  • an upgrade of the Foxton Street and Radnor Street intersection to create a safer environment for all road users
  • connection to the Jack Pesch Bridge and Indooroopilly Rail Station by linking the riverwalk to the existing path at Witton Barracks
  • a dedicated pedestrian connection to Riverview Terrace
  • viewing platforms on the riverwalk overlooking the Brisbane River and the iconic Walter Taylor Bridge
  • lighting along the length of the riverwalk
  • landscaping and wayfinding signage.

Construction details

Most of the construction works will occur from a barge in the Brisbane River, due to the steep surrounding riverbanks, narrow roads and difficult access. Construction will involve: 

  • piling 
  • installation of pre-cast concrete beams 
  • concrete deck pours 
  • constructing temporary and permanent retaining walls (at the riverbank) 
  • installing lighting, signage and balustrade 
  • reinstatement works. 

Project time frames

The anticipated construction time frames are as follows:

Stage

6 April 2020

Start of construction

Stage

Mid-2020

Piling underway

Stage

Early 2021

Beams installed

Stage

Mid-2021

Riverwalk decking installed

Stage

Late 2021

Project completion

Construction started at the western end (Twigg Street connection) and will continue east towards Witton Barracks.

Construction hours

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community during construction and Council will liaise with directly affected businesses and residents during the works. The majority of construction works will be undertaken Monday to Saturday, 7am to 5pm. However, some deliveries of construction materials may occur prior to 7am. 

Some works will need to occur outside of standard construction hours to minimise traffic impacts on surrounding streets and respond to varying river conditions. This may include some night works. Council will provide advance notification to the local community if out-of-hours works are required.

Managing impacts

Council will work closely with the contractor to minimise construction impacts throughout the project. However, local residents, businesses and road users may experience: 

  • increased activity around the alignment and construction area, including deliveries of machinery and equipment 
  • increased noise and dust 
  • low levels of vibration 
  • speed limit reductions around work zones 
  • lane closures and some traffic delays during off-peak and peak hours 
  • detours, traffic controllers and signage to safely direct motorists, cyclists and pedestrians 
  • temporary access changes. 

Please note that due to workplace health and safety requirements non-tonal reversing beepers will be used.

Vegetation work

The Indooroopilly Riverwalk has been designed to minimise impacts on local heritage sites and vegetation where possible. While existing clearings have been utilised, some plants and trees will require removal where the riverwalk joins to the riverbank. Vegetation has been removed to allow construction access to the temporary jetty (see ‘Temporary facilities’ on the previous page for details) and for future safety on the riverwalk. 

All work is being carried out in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines and undertaken in line with an Environmental Management Plan. Vegetation removal will be offset in accordance with Council policies.

Council will landscape some areas near the riverwalk and plant additional trees in Witton Barracks Park as part of the project.

Barge-based piling

Most of the works will occur from a barge in the Brisbane River. Each barge will have a large crane and drill rig to facilitate piling works. In total, 88 bored piles will provide the foundation of the riverwalk structure. 

Bored piling will occur from the barge in the river and involves inserting a pile liner and then drilling a hole deep into the ground, filling it with steel reinforcement and concrete. 

During the piling works, residents and businesses may experience an increase in noise and some low-level vibration. Council will monitor the contractor activities to ensure noise and vibration is in accordance with expected reasonable limits.

Intersection upgrade – Foxton and Radnor Street, Indooroopilly

To improve safety for all road users, Council will upgrade the intersection at Foxton Street and Radnor Street as part of the Indooroopilly Riverwalk project. 

Foxton Street has been changed to a permanent left-in and left-out traffic arrangement. Please see alternative access routes below.

View the project plans for detailed information about the intersection upgrade at Foxton and Radnor Street, Indooroopilly:

Traffic detour for eastbound vehicles on Witton Road 

To facilitate works for the Indooroopilly Riverwalk project, traffic changes and footpath diversions have been implemented on Witton Road, between Twigg Street and the Indooroopilly Canoe Club. These changes are in place between Saturday 27 June to Saturday 11 July 2020. 

Works on Witton Road between Twigg Street and Indooroopilly Canoe Club

The majority of works are being undertaken from a barge in the river. However, the works between Twigg Street and the Indooroopilly Canoe Club, including four piles, cannot be undertaken from the river-based barge. To accommodate machinery and equipment required to undertake these works, an exclusion zone will be created near this location, which will require diverting the existing footpath and closing part of the east traffic lane on Witton Road. 

Traffic and pedestrian diversions

The following changed traffic conditions are in place on Witton Road between Twigg Street and the Indooroopilly Canoe Club 24 hours a day during this period:

  • eastbound - traffic will be diverted via Twigg or Witton Road onto Kate Street, Isles Road, Usher Street and Finney Street. Detour signs and Variable Message Signs are in place to direct motorist along the designated detour route.
  • westbound - single lane traffic will be maintained at all times.

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A temporary footpath will be implemented to maintain safe pedestrian access at all times through the area. 

Timing

This work on Witton Road has been scheduled during school holidays between Saturday 27 June and Saturday 11 July 2020. 

Undertaking these critical works will reduce impacts for the local community to when traffic volumes are the lowest to ensure the safety of all workers, cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. 

The work will take place between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. However, the traffic and pedestrian diversions will remain in place 24 hours a day during this period. 

During these works, there will be some construction noise, dust and low levels of vibration. We apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause and appreciate your patience during this time. Please be assured that the contractor is aware of working in a residential area and will minimise these impacts as much as possible. 

More information

If you would like to find out more about the Indooroopilly Riverwalk project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 during business hours
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 after hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Indooroopilly Riverwalk project
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:1 July 2020