- $2.1 million project to refurbish ageing bridge over the Logue River
Transport Minister Dean Nalder today announced work would begin in July to restore the bridge over the Logue River on Great Northern Highway, in the Shire of Derby-West Kimberley.
"The refurbishment will involve demolishing the existing overlay and construction of a new reinforced, wider concrete deck and approach slabs, as well as installation of new guard railing," Mr Nalder said.
"The upgrade will increase community safety and the overall lifespan of the structure, allowing the heavy haulage industry to continue to use this important freight route in the Kimberley."
The Minister said the bridge, which formed part of the Great Northern Highway connecting Warlu and Savannah ways, was a key route for tourists and freight carriers between the remote towns and communities in the West Kimberley.
The project, which will generate about 20 jobs, is being funded by the Liberal National Government's Bridge Safety Improvement Program.
The refurbishment work will be managed by Main Roads Western Australia and is due to be completed by December 2016.
The contract for the $2.1 million refurbishment project was awarded to local construction company Watpac Civil and Mining.
Logue River Bridge is an eight-span concrete bridge built in 1970
Great Northern Highway west of the Logue River is used by about 800 vehicles per day. About 30% are heavy vehicles
The Logue River Bridge is about 100km east from the turn off to Broome
Traffic will be diverted around the work site during construction
Minister's office - 6552 6400