- 200 local workers now busy building the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge
- Steel fabrication work ramping up on bridge arches
- WA workers in full swing at Civmec and Fremantle Steel
A workforce of about 200 are now working on the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge following the decision to build the structure in Western Australia.
Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today visited some of the 110 steel workers based at Civmec's fabrication workshop in Henderson.
Civmec is using local expertise to undertake the steel fabrication that will form the bridge arches, while other local suppliers such as Fremantle Steel are building the deck.
Other workers included in the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge Alliance - led by York Rizzani Joint Venture - are based at the East Perth site.
Some 60,000 workshop drawings have been produced by contractors in recent months, which had to be scrutinised and checked ahead of the steel fabrication work starting.
As Civmec produce the modules for the arches, they will be progressively transported to the laydown area in East Perth where the three arches will be assembled. All modules - 50 for the arches and 24 for the deck - are anticipated to be delivered to the laydown area by the end of the year.
In total, there are 2,172 tonnes of steel being used to build the bridge. The local manufacturing costs for the steel are estimated at $25 million, which has been incorporated into the revised overall bridge budget.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"The decision to bring the project back to WA has been a great result for local jobs.
"The bridge arches are now starting to take shape which is an impressive step forward, made possible by having the work done locally.
"More than 200 jobs will eventually be generated by bringing the steel works to WA, and we have secured more control of the project's management."
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"We inherited a project that was riddled with delays and a contract that gave us no control over the delivery of the bridge - bringing it back onshore has offered us more certainty.
"I have been impressed with the determination and tenacity of local industry and workers to expedite this project as we approach the target completion date of March 2018.
"Assembly details and a new site laydown location are being finalised adjacent to the Swan River in Burswood, while construction work is continuing on the bridge approach ramps in East Perth."
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