- Deck modules now being installed following installation of arches
- First deck component successfully installed on Monday
- Removal of red lifting towers has now commenced
- Installation of arches marks unique engineering achievement by WA workers
The local workforce for the WA-made Matagarup Bridge project has started installing the deck that thousands of Western Australians will soon be able to walk over.
The first piece of deck was lifted into place on Monday (May 21), marking another important milestone as the project nears completion.
Nearly all of the modules for the five deck components have now been delivered to site and will be installed as quickly and safely as possible.
The recent successful installation of the two wishbone components was one of the most technically complex operations undertaken on a piece of WA Government infrastructure.
Cables from the lifting towers have now been un-tensioned and the two central wishbone components are welded together, meaning the arch is now freestanding.
Complications with lifting and connecting the central arch, along with time lost to inclement weather in April, means a revised target completion date has now been set for the end of June.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"This is one of the most technically difficult constructions ever undertaken in WA, and the local workforce has done an outstanding job to get the project this far in less than a year.
"We inherited a difficult design that was stalled but the local workers have embraced the challenge and the end is finally in sight.
"The target completion date has been extended a month to the end of June but there is a chance of being able to open it for Optus Stadium's first Thursday night game on June 21.
"I would like to thank all the workers who have got the project to this point, with the arches up and the deck now underway - I'm sure the end result will speak for itself.
"Both Fremantle Steel and Civmec did an excellent job to complete the fabrication while the crew on site continue to work hard towards completion.
"It has certainly come a long way since the previous government, which was supposed to have the bridge built in 2016, sent the project to Malaysia.
"The original contract for the bridge was awarded by the previous government in May 2015 and two years later not one piece of the arch or deck had arrived.
"In August last year, we entered into a new contract for the steel to be fabricated locally and within a year the bridge is nearly ready - testament to the skill and determination of our local workers."
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