Story Bridge restoration project - Kangaroo Point

Brisbane City Council is undertaking a restoration of Queensland's iconic Story Bridge.

Summary

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

Stage 1 and Stage 2 works underway.

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.

Over the years, the bridge has received continuous maintenance, including ad-hoc spot painting and periodical wash downs, however this is the first comprehensive, whole-of-structure inspection and restoration in the bridge’s history.

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.

The restoration works include:

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

Future works will also include upgrading maintenance platforms, which will assist with the ongoing delivery of the restoration works as they progress across the bridge, and footpath replacement.

The Story Bridge restoration project is being delivered in a number of stages, with two stages on the southern approach to minimise impacts to the local community and all bridge users.

Stage 1

Stage 1 works started in July 2020 and involved the restoration of the below deck steel on the southern approach to the Story Bridge, between Baildon Street and Wharf Street, Kangaroo Point.

Works above Wharf Street were completed first, followed by works above the car park between Wharf Street and Baildon Street.

Works above Baildon Street started in early April 2021 and were completed in late March 2022. Some scaffolding remains in place, with concrete and bridge strengthening works in this area anticipated to be complete in June 2022.

The Wharf Street metered car park remains unavailable as it is being used as a temporary lay-down area for the restoration works.

Stage 2

Stage 2 works started in mid-August 2021 and involve the restoration of the below deck steel on the southern approach to the Story Bridge, between Wharf Street and Holman Street at Kangaroo Point.

Works between Wharf Street and the bridge pier behind Radio 4EB started in mid-August 2021 and are expected to be complete in mid-2022.

Works will then continue towards Holman Street with all Stage 2 locations anticipated to be completed by late 2024.

Blasting and painting works

Structural protective coating (painting) systems are critical for ensuring the steel truss elements are maintained in a structurally sound condition. Over the bridge’s lifetime, various paint systems have been applied. However, the original paint system, comprising of a red lead primer and chlorinated rubber topcoats still cover a significant portion of the bridge. The Story Bridge Restoration Project involves the blasting to remove the old coatings, and repainting of the steel warren truss by a specialist painting team.

The new coating system being used on the bridge will provide far better protection than what’s currently there, minimising future maintenance needs and extending the life of our iconic bridge.

Works to remove the old coating system and apply the new coat will generally be undertaken between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and less impactful works such as painting may be carried out on a Saturday between 7am and 4pm.

While every effort is made to minimise impacts, including the extensive use of noise matting and an encapsulation system with air filtration, due to the nature of these works if you are close to the work site you may experience some increased noise and potential odour from the works.

Bridge strengthening works

In conjunction with restoration works, Council is undertaking strengthening works to replace corroded steel plates and fixings.

While the majority of these works are being carried out during the day, some works are required to be undertaken at night, when traffic on the Story Bridge is lowest. These night works will be undertaken intermittently between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Thursday throughout 2022, weather and site conditions permitting.

While every effort will be made to minimise disturbances to local residents and businesses, properties in close proximity to the works may experience noise from power tools while steel components and fixings are replaced, and some increased lighting when night works occur.

Scaffolding and containment

A critical aspect of safe delivery of these works includes a full encapsulation to contain any emissions and maintain a safe working environment. The Story Bridge Restoration Project will fully encapsulate and complete each span of the warren truss individually.

The underside of the bridge is “shrink-wrapped” in a heat activated plastic containment design to minimise dust from escaping the work area. Within this wrapping is a carefully constructed, multi-levelled maze of scaffolding and platforms to enable workers to access the steel trusses. Inside the encapsulation is also acoustic panelling to reduce noise from the blasting operations, and ventilation and filtration equipment to further capture particulates from the work.

Environmental monitoring

While the majority of works are being carried out within a specialised encapsulation system, Council is undertaking environmental monitoring throughout the project as a precautionary measure and to ensure compliance with standards. 

As part of the environmental monitoring process, several high-volume air sampling devices have been installed around the project site to monitor the concentration of airborne particulate matter in the atmosphere. 

While each device is fitted with an exhaust muffler to reduce noise emissions, some noise may still be heard coming from the device when in close proximity.

Construction noise and impacts

Council is undertaking the majority of the restoration works within a specialised, airtight encapsulation system that has been designed to contain and remove emissions and waste products generated during the pressure washing, sand blasting and coating works.

Residents and businesses in close proximity to the project site will experience increased noise from these works and some periodic odour from the encapsulation system’s air filtration system.

The project team will endeavour to minimise disruption and inconvenience to the local community during these works.

Construction hours

The majority of works will be carried out during the day, between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Less impactful works such as painting may be carried out on a Saturday between 7am and 4pm.

Captain Burke Park

A site compound has been established in Captain Burke Park directly beneath the Story Bridge, between the bridge piers. This area has been fenced, with the rest of the park available to the community.

This compound will be used as a lay-down area to store equipment and materials for the restoration project and other upcoming maintenance projects planned for the bridge.

More information

For more information about the Story Bridge restoration project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 565 930
  • 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: 25 May 2022

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