- New $3.4 million bridge on South Western Highway in Byford officially opened
- Bridge to improve safety and freight haulage efficiency
- Up to 100 jobs created during construction
The Liberal National Government is continuing its focus on road user safety and transport efficiency on the South Western Highway with the construction of a new bridge over Beenyup Brook in Byford.
Western Australian Minister for Transport Bill Marmion and Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie, representing Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, officially opened the bridge today, signalling completion of the $3.4 million project.
Mr Marmion said the new bridge was a well-designed facility for all road users in the area, including local commuters and families, with particular benefits for the freight industry.
"South Western Highway is a dedicated heavy haulage route, however the old bridge had load weight restrictions requiring some vehicles to make long detours," he said.
"The new structure has been designed to cater for all vehicles and will save time and money as it will accommodate larger vehicles moving freight across our vast State.
"Road user safety will be significantly improved, with the bridge being built in accordance with the latest safety standards."
The project was jointly funded by the Australian and State governments and provided jobs for up to 100 people at its peak.
The Minister thanked the local community and road users for their support during the construction period.
"The new bridge is five metres wider than the former bridge and includes two lanes in each direction and sealed shoulders," he said.
"The pedestrian path along the western side of the highway has also been widened to three metres."
- On average, 5,000 vehicles use the Byford Bridge on South Western Highway per day and about 15% are heavy vehicles
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