- Century-old Hamilton Street Bridge to be replaced with stronger structure
- New bridge to provide better access to Subi East and West Leederville
- Improved cycling and pedestrian connections to Inner City College
- Six-month project to demolish old structure and construct new bridge now underway
- Closures in place while works underway - details on Main Roads' website
The Hamilton Street Bridge that has connected Subiaco and West Leederville for 100 years will start coming down today to make way for a new structure.
The old bridge, built over the Fremantle Line in 1919, was limited to a five-tonne load in recent years and will be replaced by a new bridge that meets modern standards.
Increased capacity for cyclists and pedestrians is intended to cater for the future growth associated with the Subi East redevelopment and opening of the Inner City College.
It will also cater for the increase in commuters using the Fremantle Line at West Leederville Station when service frequency increases to every five minutes during peak in late 2021.
The new Hamilton Street Bridge will have two 3.5m traffic lanes, two 1.2m shoulder lanes and 3m paths on each side of the bridge connecting to the Fremantle Line Principal Shared Path.
Safety improvements such as sight distances, layout and drainage will also be made at the Hamilton Street and Railway Parade intersection.
The century-old bridge is being removed in sections starting with the deck while the Fremantle rail line is shut down over this weekend (March 16-17). Main Roads Western Australia has been preparing the bridge for removal since it closed to traffic on February 25, 2019.
The bridge demolition will finish in time for peak rail services to resume early on Monday morning (March 18), while two-way traffic access will be reinstated on Railway Parade at the same time.
The next big step for the bridge project will be the weekend of June 29 and 30, when concrete beams will be delivered and installed across the railway line.
Meanwhile, planning is also underway to replace the bridge next to Swanbourne train station.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The State Government saw the replacement of the Hamilton Street Bridge as an opportunity to prepare for redevelopment of Subi East and the Inner City College.
"Next year, we will see hundreds of students using the bridge each week, while more and more residents will use it as an important link, as the development of Subi East gets underway in coming years.
"As well as the bridge upgrade, there will be new connections to the existing shared path network and an extension to the existing underpass on the southern side of the bridge.
"This is just another example of how routine replacements can be turned into projects that will benefit the wider community, whether they are visiting cyclists, local walkers or commuters accessing the nearby train station.
"The $8 million Hamilton Street Bridge replacement project is part of a wider program to replace ageing bridge infrastructure across Perth's rail network. The next project will be to replace the bridge in Swanbourne and community consultation is already underway."
Minister's office - 6552 5500