- New $6.3 million bridge to benefit local residents and emergency services
- Project employed 30 people benefiting local subcontractors and suppliers
A new $6.3 million bridge over the Murray River on Coolup East Road, south of Pinjarra, will significantly improve connectivity and safety for locals and emergency services.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion was on site today to officially open the new bridge, which was funded by the Liberal National Government.
Mr Marmion said it would provide increased load capacity for Coolup East Road between the South Western Highway and Pinjarra-Williams Road for traffic bypassing Pinjarra.
"Coolup East Road is a key transport thoroughfare - this bridge provides an important link for residents with properties on the eastern side of the river and guarantees future access for emergency service vehicles," he said.
"The project employed up to 30 people on-site, with at least 11 local subcontractors and suppliers benefiting from the works."
The new bridge replaces the existing bridge, a timber and concrete structure built during the 1960s, which had a 10 tonne load limit and was at risk of closure due to ongoing deterioration.
"In a first for Western Australia, the new steel and concrete bridge was built next to the river and launched in two stages using an incremental launch technique," the Minister said.
Main Roads South West region managed the works while BMD Constructions delivered the project in less than 12 months.
- On average, 519 vehicles use Coolup East Road per day, and about 16 per cent are heavy vehicles
- Local subcontractors and suppliers of goods and services included Texcom Earthmoving, ADC Construction Pty Ltd, Pinjarra Crane Hire and Brian Fisher Fabrications
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