Canstruct and The Story Bridge

24 November 2020

More than a decade of construction and maintenance work on one of Brisbane’s busiest and most iconic landmarks.

Brisbane is known for many recognisable features and landmarks, some of which Canstruct have had the opportunity to deliver works on. Although, nothing is more iconic than contributing to a decade of construction and maintenance work on Brisbane’s famous Story Bridge.

Opened in 1940, the Story Bridge was one of three major public works projects that created mass employment during a period of economic hardship. More importantly it connected people and businesses alike on both sides of the Brisbane River in what was a huge boost to the local economy.

Fast forward to 1990, the Story Bridge was showing critical signs of structural distress and significant failure in some parts. Former CEO and Founding Director of Canstruct – Robin Murphy, was approached by the Brisbane City Council to lead the remediation works.

The works involved the instalment of newly reinforced concrete decking to replace the concrete spalling of the existing locations. This included the footpath along the Story Bridge and the concrete construction joints in the main road deck.

The steel work of the bridge’s infrastructure was severely degraded. Thousands of heavily corroded bolts and nuts throughout the structure together with corroded girders were in need of replacing. Approximately 2000 new gal steel stairs and walkways were installed to replace the existing timber walkways from the original 1930’s construction.

Canstruct also delivered works to the William Taylor and William Jolly Bridges over the same decade.

Today, Canstruct’s remediation activities are being enjoyed by the hundreds of thousands of people who cross the bridge every year. It was a privilege for Canstruct to add their touch to such an icon landmark.

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