Story Bridge restoration project - Kangaroo Point

Brisbane City Council is planning a makeover for Queensland’s iconic Story Bridge.


Address Story Bridge, State Route 15, Northern end - New Farm (4005), Southern end - Kangaroo Point (4169)
Wards Central and Gabba
Project outcomes Prolong the life of the Story Bridge
Latest update

Works to commence soon on Stage 1 of the project

About the project

The heritage-listed Story Bridge is an important link in Brisbane's road network carrying approximately 100,000 vehicles per day across the Brisbane River.

The Story Bridge restoration project is part of Council’s plan to proactively manage the city’s assets and is anticipated to be delivered in multiple stages over a five-year period.

Stage 1 of the Story Bridge restoration project involves the restoration of the below deck steel in the first three ‘warren truss’ spans on the southern approach to the Story Bridge, between Baildon Street and Wharf Street, Kangaroo Point.

Span 2, which is located directly above the metered car park in Wharf Street will be restored first, with the timing for restoration works on Span 1 (above Baildon Street) and Span 3 (above Wharf Street) still to be determined.

These works will include:

  • installation of a scaffolding (access) system
  • some repair and strengthening works
  • installation and use of a specialised containment system
  • surface preparation works and recoating of steel members.

To ensure cultural heritage values are appropriately recognised and managed, the Story Bridge will be restored to match its existing grey colour.

The majority of these works will be carried out during the day, between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, some of the repair and strengthening works will need to be undertaken at night, when traffic volumes on the bridge structure overhead are lowest. When required, night works will be carried out between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Thursday.

Council is committed to keeping the community informed of works that may affect them and will provide advance notification of works that need to occur at night. Interested community members can also register to receive construction notifications via SMS.

Project timing

Works on Span 2 will commence in early July 2020 and are expected to be completed by the end of 2020, weather and site conditions permitting.

While the timing of the restoration works on Spans 1 and 3 is still to be determined, it is anticipated these works may be undertaken in the first half of 2021.

Detailed timings for these works will be provided closer to the time.

The remaining stages of the Story Bridge restoration project are anticipated to be completed over the next five years.

Impacts during project works

Residents and businesses in close proximity to the project site may experience increased noise from the works and potential odour from the encapsulation system’s air filtration system. There may also be some increased noise and light when works are undertaken at night.

The project team will endeavour to minimise disruption and inconvenience to the local community during these works. Environmental monitoring, including air quality monitoring, will be undertaken throughout the project to ensure compliance with standards.

For safety reasons, the metered car park in Wharf Street will also be closed while works are carried out on the three spans overhead. In addition, a project site office and lay-down area will be established within a small section of the car park to support the onsite project team.

The Story Bridge restoration works will maintain the structural integrity and aesthetics of this iconic bridge and ensure that our local road network continues to be safe and accessible for all users.

More information

For more information about the Story Bridge restoration project or to register to receive construction notifications via SMS, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Story Bridge Restoration Project
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001
Last updated:19 June 2020