Investigations find Brisbane boardwalk in worse repair than thought

Brisbane commuters and residents could find their path along an inner-city stretch of riverside boardwalk disrupted for years by construction and boardwalk repairs.

Brisbane City Council is planning investigations for rehabilitation work along a 256-metre stretch of the City Reach boardwalk, linking Howard Smith Wharves to the City Botanic Gardens.

Sections of the City Reach boardwalk need rehabilitation, council says.

Sections of the City Reach boardwalk need rehabilitation, council says.Credit:Lucy Stone

A section of the boardwalk was earmarked recently for rehabilitation investigations, outside the Admiralty Towers II apartment building. It followed problems with a private section of the boardwalk near River Place Apartments that required large planter boxes to be emptied of soil and plants.

But according to the council's quarterly financial report released on Tuesday, the Admiralty Towers II boardwalk investigations had discovered fixes were needed on more of the pathway, behind Customs House and Queen Street.

"It has been identified that all three sections require rehabilitation at the same time," the report says.

Infrastructure committee chairman David McLachlan in June said the council had allocated $112,000 in 2020-21 toward the Admiralty Towers II section of the boardwalk.

The council's quarterly financial report said "identified savings" in the Cutters Landing Renewal project - another section of boardwalk in New Farm - would be put toward the broader City Reach boardwalk investigations.

A council spokeswoman said the boardwalk was safe for people to use.

"If any repairs are required and need a temporary boardwalk closure, safe pedestrian and cyclist access will be put in place," she said.

"If needed, an approved diversion route will be instated."

Council is going to tender for the Admiralty Towers II boardwalk repairs and expects work to be finished by 2022.

A section of the City Reach boardwalk at Eagle Street Pier is already expected to be closed between 2022 and 2024 for the construction of Dexus' $2 billion Waterfront Brisbane towers, replacing Eagle Street Pier.

Deputy mayor Krista Adams in August said the council would work with Dexus, if their development application is approved, to find "alternatives" to navigate the construction site.

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