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Walton Bridge lanes reopen ahead of schedule

22 January, 2015

Council is today (Wednesday, 21 January) reopening the city-bound lanes of Walton Bridge on Waterworks Road, more than a month ahead of schedule and in time for the 2015 school term.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the $2 million project to strengthen and resurface the bridge began in December and the lanes had originally been expected to reopen in March 2015.

“I am pleased to announce that works on top of Walton Bridge have been completed earlier than expected and all lanes will be open to traffic this afternoon, with the posted speed limit returned to 60 kilometres per hour,” Cr Quirk said.

“This is a great outcome for local residents and I thank the community for their patience.

“Walton Bridge dates back to 1900 and our investigations determined the bridge and its approaches required significant strengthening and resurfacing works to extend the life of the bridge.

“To minimise the impact to motorists, works on the bridge deck were undertaken over the Christmas and New Year period and outside the school term, when traffic volumes were lowest.”

Cr Quirk said the project was progressing well and the remainder of works were expected to be completed by late February, weather permitting.

“Council is committed to maintaining and improving Brisbane’s transport network and this upgrade will ensure Walton Bridge continues to facilitate safe, efficient movement into and out of our city,” he said.

“This project is part of Council’s ongoing review of the city’s pre-1950 bridges to determine their structural condition and ability to cope with current and future traffic loads.”

Weight restrictions and a reduced speed limit have been in place on the bridge’s city-bound lanes since late 2012, following investigations into its structural integrity.

The project involved:
• resurfacing the asphalt deck slab with a concrete deck and asphalt overlay,
• repairing approaches to the bridge,
• waterproofing and drainage works.

[Ends] JANUARY 21, 2015

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