- Modern concrete and steel structure replaces old Third Avenue bridge
- Eight-month construction project completed with minimal disruption
After just eight months of construction, the new Third Avenue Bridge in Mount Lawley is today officially open to traffic.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the new bridge was a significant upgrade which would benefit motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
"The former timber bridge over the railway line on Third Avenue was built 106 years ago. The State Government has invested $9.1 million to deliver a modern steel and concrete structure in its place," Mr Nalder said.
"The new bridge has a second lane on the city-bound side to improve traffic flow during the busy peak morning period, as well as a 30 metre underpass for pedestrians and cyclists along Whatley Crescent and a new footpath across the bridge."
The Minister said the replacement Third Avenue Bridge was designed by Main Roads and built by BMD Constructions Pty Ltd in eight months.
"Demolishing and rebuilding this bridge in such a short time span presented a significant challenge, especially when you consider the complexity of the project and the constraints of building in a densely populated residential area over a live rail line," he said.
"I congratulate Main Roads and BMD for completing the job on time, within budget and with minimal disruption. I also thank the Public Transport Authority for its role in enabling construction over a live rail line, and the cities of Stirling and Bayswater for supporting this important project."
The Third Avenue Bridge is the second stage of a project funded by the State Government to improve safety and efficiency on the local road and rail network.
- The Third Avenue Bridge in Mount Lawley carries about 10,000 cars every weekday
- The new bridge has a span of more than 20 metres
- Completion of the new Third Avenue bridge follows the stage one replacement of the nearby Seventh Avenue bridge in Maylands which opened to traffic in May 2015
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