- 200 local jobs created by bringing the project back to WA
- Further segment deliveries scheduled to arrive on site in coming months
- WA-made steel arches to be a feature of the Matagarup Bridge design
- About 14,000 people expected to use the bridge on event days
The first of 72 locally built steel components for the Matagarup Bridge was delivered to Burswood today.
Weighing 30 tonnes, the 19 metre-long bridge segment started its journey from local fabricator Civmec's Henderson workshop this morning.
Civmec was awarded the contract to fabricate key bridge components in August last year and has made significant progress so far.
The decision to manufacture locally was made after it became clear the Malaysian-made bridge components were drastically behind schedule and there was no certainty they would ever arrive in Western Australia.
This steel segment arriving today will form part of the three bridge arches that will be lifted into place to form the distinctive design of the pedestrian bridge, linking East Perth to Optus Stadium across the Swan River.
From today through to March 2018, steel segments will be delivered regularly to the Burswood and East Perth construction sites where they will be assembled into the final three arches (the large central river arch and the two smaller arches either side).
The steel deck components will also be transported to site towards the end of the delivery phase for assembly and lifting into place.
Once assembled on the riverbank in Burswood, the central arch and deck sections will be lifted onto barges separately, floated onto the river and lifted into place using a pulley and lever lifting system.
The smaller arches will not be barged onto the river, but lifted from the East Perth and Burswood sides of the river.
Bridge arch lifting operations will require the Swan River navigation channel to be closed at times in the coming months, with operational planning for the closures in progress with project stakeholders.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"Today is a significant milestone for the project and for the McGowan Labor Government, and justifies the steelworks being brought back to WA.
"About 200 individual jobs were created when the steelworks were tasked to WA fabricators.
"Having witnessed some of the work carried out, and sat in the truck for the first delivery, I am encouraged by the local team's determination to get the job done.
"For years to come, the Western Australian steel industry will have their work on show to the community with this distinctive structure arching across the river."
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