Transport Minister Dean Nalder today officially opened Maylands' new Seventh Avenue Bridge, saying the structure paid tribute to the historical significance of its predecessor.
"This new 80-metre bridge, carrying about 3,500 vehicles a day, is built on the same footprint as the original 1913 timber bridge," Mr Nalder said.
"The old bridge served us well for more than 100 years."
The former bridge was a distinctive wooden structure, taking traffic over the railway line between Railway Parade and Whatley Crescent. The wooden theme has been incorporated into the design of the new bridge, particularly in the noise walls and the colour scheme on the piers and abutments.
The new bridge, designed by GHD for Main Roads WA to meet current safety standards, was built on budget (about $9.3 million) and slightly ahead of schedule by Decmil-OHL.
The Minister said the bridge provided extra clearance over Railway Parade and Whatley Crescent and a wide path for use by cyclists and pedestrians.
Main Roads WA involved local community and business groups in selecting public art to support this project. The completed work by artist Jahne Rees showcases timbers from the former bridge and will create a meeting place and talking point for local people.
"This artwork recognises the bridge's heritage significance and honours the role it has played in moving vehicles and people across the rail line for almost a century," Mr Nalder said.
The Seventh Avenue Bridge contract is the first phase of a $22 million project that includes the replacement of the nearby Third Avenue Bridge in Mount Lawley.
The next bridge to be replaced is Third Avenue bridge which carries about 10,000 cars per weekday
A contract will be awarded in late 2015, with demolition and construction expected to take eight months
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New Seventh Ave bridge
Former Seventh Ave bridge