Brisbane’s motorists have been urged to plan ahead for at least nine nights of Riverside Expressway closures over the next three weeks to accommodate work on the adjacent Queen’s Wharf precinct.
Southbound lanes between Tank and Alice streets will be closed from 9pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays over the next three weeks. It will also close from 9pm on Sunday May 16 to 5am on Monday May 17.
The temporary disruptions are required for safety reasons to allow structural steel to be lifted into place over the major CBD thoroughfare, according to a notice on the Queen’s Wharf development site.
A detour will be in place through the city, with access from the Alice Street on-ramp to remain open for southbound traffic. Southbound tolls will be waived on the Go Between Bridge for the eight-hour blocks, with the 340 bus route to be diverted through the South Eastern Busway.
RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said it was important for motorists to pay attention to the changed traffic conditions, to allow extra travel time, and to follow directions throughout the placement of the 60-tonne steel structure.
“The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct is one of the city’s biggest developments, so unfortunately, these night-time closures are a necessary inconvenience,” Ms Ritchie said.
The site’s four new towers began emerging from the ground near George Street as part of the privately owned $3.6 billion resort and casino development in May last year, after three years of largely underground work.
Star expects the main development to open to the public in late 2022, five years after construction began in early 2017.
Multiplex Project Director Dayne May said months of planning had gone into the night closures, which involved the complex lifting of structural steel.
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