Aplins Weir bridge repair near completion

Date published: 23 March 2019

Townsville City Council crews are putting the final touches on the repairs to Aplins Weir bridge which was severely damaged in the monsoon.

Townsville Local Recovery and Resilience Group Chair Deputy Mayor Les Walker said the bridge is expected to open this weekend.

“Council crews have made replacement handrails for the bridge as well as fixing the erosion and clearing up the debris,” Cr Walker said.

“Our staff have been outstanding since the monsoon and the handrails are another example of the talent we have within our ranks.”

Infrastructure Committee Chair Councillor Mark Molachino has praised the crews involved in the project.

“The work is ahead of schedule which is great for the local community as Aplins Weir bridge is a popular place for walking, cycling and fishing,” Cr Molachino said.

Division 6 Councillor Verena Coombe said the repairs to the bridge were crucial as it is a key asset in the area.

“It was incredibly important for Council crews to repair this community infrastructure because having the bridge re-opened provides families with greater access to the great public spaces on either side of the river

Division 8 Councillor Maurie Soars said Aplins Weir bridge is an important asset to the community.

“It’s a popular link between Annandale and Aitkenvale and it is used by kids and parents to access schools and sporting clubs,” Cr Soars said.

Electrical works are still being completed and some lights are not operational at this stage.

Council is encouraging residents to be aware the lights are not working and to avoid walking across the pedestrian bridge at night.