Indooroopilly Riverwalk - Indooroopilly

Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce that construction of the Indooroopilly Riverwalk will begin from Monday 6 April 2020. It is anticipated that works will be complete by late 2021, weather and construction conditions permitting. 

Traffic changes from Monday 6 April

From Monday 6 April 2020, a permanent left-in and left-out traffic change at Foxton Street will be implemented.

Please see the latest updates for more information, or refer to the start of construction newsletter – April 2020.

Project summary

This table provides summary information on the Indooroopilly Riverwalk project and  includes 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

Start of construction – Monday 6 April 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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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
  • a 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

The majority of 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 timeframes

The anticipated construction timeframes are as follows:

  • start of construction – 6 April 2020
  • piling underway – mid-2020
  • beams installed – early 2021
  • riverwalk decking installed – mid-2021
  • project completion – late 2021.

Construction will start at the western end (Twigg Street connection) and 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 will also be 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 will be 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

In the coming weeks, the contractor will move the first of two barges into place along the 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. 

The contractor will implement the permanent left-in and left-out traffic changes at Foxton Street from Monday 6 April 2020. Please see alternative access routes below.

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

Next steps

Council will continue to provide the local community with updates of milestones and anticipated timeframes during construction of the project.

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:7 April 2020