Work on the new Treendale traffic bridge over the Collie River will start in early 2016, Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced today.
"This $24 million project will provide a direct connection between the communities of Eaton and Treendale, halving the 20 minute travelling time," Mr Nalder said.
The site requires ground improvement works to stabilise the earth and ensure there is no future settlement of the approach embankments.
Bridge construction will begin in early 2016, subject to the extent of these improvement works, and be completed in 2017.
Main Roads WA will deliver the project on behalf of the shires of Dardanup and Harvey, which are both contributing funds.
The Minister said the preliminary design, including a waterways assessment and detailed geotechnical works, were under way and environmental approvals were being progressed.
"Once complete, the bridge will halve the travel distance between the two communities from 20 minutes to 10," he said.
"Importantly, it will avoid the need to enter and leave Forrest Highway when travelling between the communities. It will provide not only a quicker, but safer journey."
- State Government is providing $18 million for the project with the shires of Dardanup and Harvey contributing $6 million
- The new river crossing will link Eaton Drive in the Dardanup shire to The Boulevard in the Harvey shire
Minister's office - 6552 6400