Walter Taylor Bridge bearing replacement project

Brisbane City Council will be undertaking maintenance works to the Walter Taylor Bridge. These maintenance works will help to extend the lifespan of the bridge and ensure ongoing access and safety for all users. 

Project summary

This table provides summary information about the Walter Taylor Bridge bearing replacement project including address, ward, project outcomes and latest update.
Address Walter Taylor Bridges from Indooroopilly to Chelmer
Ward Walter Taylor and Tennyson
Project outcomes Extend bridge lifespan and ongoing access and safety for users
Latest update Start of construction

About the project

The bearings of a bridge play a critical role in controlling movement and reducing overall stresses to the whole structure. While modern structures provide easy access for bearing maintenance and replacement, the unique design of the Walter Taylor Bridge does not allow for this. Due to corrosion of the bearings, they must be replaced to ensure the structural integrity of the bridge is maintained. 

Project timing

This project will be delivered over the following timeframes, weather and construction conditions permitting: 

Stage Timing
Whole project Mid-September 2020 to late January 2021
Stage one: Indooroopilly Mid-September to early November 2020
Stage two: Chelmer Early November 2020 to late January 2021

Project impacts

Walter Taylor Bridge footpath closure

From mid-September 2020-late January 2021 the Walter Taylor Bridge footpath will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists.

During this time, a detour for pedestrians and cyclists will be established along the dedicated shared pathway on Jack Pesch Bridge.

View the pedestrian detour map (Word - 1.36Mb)

Walter Taylor Bridge road closure

From mid-September 2020-late January 2021, there will be intermittent closures to the bridge to all motorists to assist with facilitating construction activities.

Closures will usually take place between 9pm and 5am. Closure dates and times will be advised on Vehicle Monitering Systems (VMS).

A designated detour route for motorists has been established for bridge closures. The route for motorists will be via the Centenary Highway, Seventeen Mile Rocks Road and Oxley Road.

Vehicle access to adjacent properties will be maintained during all road closures.

View the road detour map (Word - 1.71Mb).

Detailed traffic management plans have been developed to support the closures. Comprehensive signage along with traffic controllers and Queensland Police Officers will be onsite to assist motorists and pedestrians.

Construction noise

The bearings are located within thick concrete supports at both ends of the bridge. Their replacement will involve concrete cutting and removal, which may generate noise for nearby properties. Council will endeavour to keep noise to a minimum during these works.

More information

For queries, feedback or more information about the Walter Taylor Bridge bearing replacement project you can:

  • phone the project team during working hours on 07 3178 0093
  • phone Council outside of working hours on 07 3403 8888
  • email the project team 
  • write to:
    Story Bridge depot
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434

    Brisbane QLD 4001.

Last updated:31 August 2020