Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Transport

    New $8.1m bridge for Greenough River

    4/02/2014 12:00 AM
     
    • Construction of new bridge over the Greenough River to begin this year
    • Minimal disruption to Brand Highway traffic during construction
    • New bridge will improve safety, efficiency and transport reliability

    Construction on a new bridge over the Greenough River will get under way shortly after a $8.1million contract was awarded to Georgiou Group.

     

    Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the new bridge would improve road safety and minimise road closures caused by small scale flooding events.

     

    “The Greenough River Bridge was constructed more than 60 years ago and is currently used by more than 2,200 vehicles daily, including road trains travelling between Dongara and Greenough,” Mr Buswell said.

     

    “The new bridge will significantly improve efficiency for the road freight transport industry and also provide a coastal route alternative to Great Northern Highway for traffic travelling in the northern parts of the State.”

     

    The existing bridge will remain open to traffic until the new bridge is completed. Once the new bridge is opened to traffic, the existing bridge will be demolished and redundant pavements will be removed and rehabilitated.

     

    The works involve construction of a new steel and concrete bridge which will be around 90 metres long, 10 metres wide and around three metres higher than the existing bridge.

     

    “Replacement of the bridge is the first of three stages for the planned upgrade of this section of Brand Highway,” the Minister said.

     

    “The other two stages involve the realignment of the Bookarra curves and the S-bends at the approaches to the bridge.”

     

    Construction is expected be finished by October.

     

             Fact File

    • The original Greenough River Bridge was built in 1953
    • In the five years to December 2012 there were 24 crashes on this section of the Brand Highway, including three fatalities
    • The project is partly funded through Royalties for Regions

    Minister’s office - 6552 6400