Bridge project boosts flood resilience in Brisbane’s west

A new Mount Crosby vehicle bridge has just opened to traffic as part of a $100 million Seqwater flood resilience program supported by Infrastructure Project Solutions.

The first stage of Seqwater’s $100 million East Bank Flood Resilience Program has been completed with the opening of a new Mount Crosby Weir Bridge that reduces travel time and improves flood resilience for local residents.

Around three metres higher than the existing bridge and featuring a combination steel and concrete guardrail design to better withstand flooding, the new 187-metre bridge offers a flood-resilient route over the Brisbane River.

IPS is providing engineering and technical consulting for the project, including rectification works to the existing weir bridge inundated in the February 2022 flood, via secondment of highly experienced Senior Project Engineer Jared Panzenhagen.

Jared has worked on major infrastructure projects in Australia and internationally for more than 12 years, across both early project phases and onsite project delivery, adding value throughout the lifecycle of a project.

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The Mount Crosby Weir Bridge is a critical component of Seqwater’s East Bank Flood Resilience Program, which will also see an upgrade of the East Bank Pump Station, vital to approximately 50 per cent of southeast Queensland’s drinking water.

The pump station upgrade will enhance the asset’s resilience to extreme flood events, bolstering reliable water supply to the Mount Crosby East Bank Water Treatment Plant in severe wet weather.

In a bonus for the local community, the original 97-year-old weir bridge is also being upgraded for use as a pedestrian path and cycleway.

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IPS Director Sascha Kurz said the IPS team had a strong history in the water sector, ranging from design and construction of water and wastewater treatment plants to new pipeline projects and dam safety upgrades.

“Water infrastructure plays such a critical role in our lives but most of us take it for granted until something goes wrong or there is a major rain event,” she said. “While our work is usually carried out behind the scenes, the IPS team is very proud of the contribution we make to the community.”

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