Jim Soorley Bridge Upgrade
MMS Group have recently completed an upgrade at Jim Soorley Bridge – Kedron Bikeway, which saw us doing a total deck replacement and painting works for Brisbane City Council (BCC). This project presented some unique challenges for both BCC and MMS, with COVID-19 restrictions being in place, and an initial plan to close the bridge for a period of 3 weeks to complete the works.
Feedback from the public prior to the works starting strongly suggested that the bridge closure and alternate route offered was not favourable. Not only is this bikeway used heavily for daily commuting to and from work, during the COVID-19 lockdown, cycling was one of the limited exercise options for people in Queensland. Because of the severe opposition of the closure, MMS coordinated and worked with BCC to propose a different approach for the project completion.
A temporary cross-over scaffold bridge was constructed on top of the existing bridge for cyclists and pedestrians to use. To ensure the safety of all members of the public accessing the walkover, MMS also provided 24/7 spotters for either end of the bridge to escort people through safely.
MMS were able to complete this project following all COVID-19 restrictions and maintain social distancing throughout the project by utilising and sticking to a robust pandemic management plan. This project was successfully completed, and the new and improved bridge is now open for cyclists to use. Initial feedback from the public regarding the bridge upgrade has been great with comments of how smooth the ride across the bridge is now.