Story Bridge restoration project - Kangaroo Point

Brisbane City Council is undertaking a makeover on 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

Stage 1 project works have commenced

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 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.

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 was restored first, followed by Span 3 (above Wharf Street), then Span 1 (above Baildon Street).

Works on all three spans in this first stage of the Story Bridge restoration project are anticipated to be completed by late 2021.

These works 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.

Council will continue to provide further information on the next stages of the restoration project as more information becomes available.

Project update

Span 2 works

Works on Span 2 (above the Wharf Street car park) were completed in mid-December 2020.

Span 3 works

Span 3 works (above Wharf Street) commenced in January 2021 and are expected to be completed by mid-2021.

Wharf Street remains open, however, for safety the width of the footpath and road underneath this span has been temporarily reduced.

The Wharf Street metered car park is being used as a temporary site office and lay-down area for adjacent works and will remain closed during the restoration works.

Span 1 works

Works on Span 1 (above Baildon Street) commenced in early April 2021 with completion expected late August 2021.

A scaffolding and encapsulation system will be in place across Baildon Street for the duration of these works. Due to insufficient height clearance under the scaffolding and encapsulation system, Baildon Street has been temporarily closed to traffic between Main Street and Deakin Street during this time.

Alternative access from Main Street to Baildon Street businesses and residences is via Rotherham Street into Deakin Street. Detour signage is in place to direct road users around this temporary closure and to clearly indicate the alternative access route to businesses in this area.

Pedestrian and cyclist access

Pedestrian and cyclist access remains open along Baildon Street via a lit tunnel through the scaffolding on the southern side of Baildon Street. The stairs between Baildon Street and the Story Bridge footpath remain open, with some intermittent closures needed during works to ensure the safety of the public and the workers. Signage will be in place advising of any temporary stair closures.

Bus stop relocation

The bus stop (I.D. 11203) in Baildon Street (opposite the Story Bridge Hotel) has been temporarily closed.

The route 27 free ferry shuttle will terminate at a new, temporary stop on the eastern side of Main Street opposite Scott Street.

Route 234 is unable to service Baildon Street under the Story Bridge while the Story Bridge works are underway, and now continues along Main Street and Story Bridge to and from the CBD.

Customers should contact TransLink on 13 12 30 for further information.

Taxi rank relocation

The taxi rank in Baildon Street has been temporarily relocated during these works. Please refer to signage on Baildon Street.

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 2pm.

Environmental monitoring

While a 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 monitor 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.

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 overhead bridge structure is lowest. These night works will be undertaken intermittently between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Thursday throughout 2021, 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.

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: 28 May 2021