- $8 million replacement bridge project now open to traffic
- Provides vital links to Bob Hawke College and future Subi East development
- Improved cycling and pedestrian facilities part of the new bridge
- Project delivered on budget and constructed within six-month closure
The new Hamilton Street Bridge that will connect the new Subi East Precinct and Bob Hawke College opened to traffic today, following an intensive six-month build.
The old bridge was built over the Fremantle Line in 1919 but was limited to a five-tonne load in recent years, and required replacing to meet new standards.
Main Roads closed the bridge in late February to enable construction of the new structure. The completed bridge features two 3.5m traffic lanes, two 1.2m shoulder lanes and 3m paths on each side of the connecting to the recently extended Fremantle Line Principal Shared Path.
Safety improvements such as sight distances, layout and drainage have also been made at the Hamilton Street and Railway Parade intersections.
Opening the bridge sees a vital link to the future 34-hectare Subi East urban redevelopment and Bob Hawke College projects restored, as well as enhancing access to Perth Modern School.
The improved cycling and pedestrian links will also improve access to West Leederville Station, where train services will start running every five minutes during peak by late 2021.
Comments attributed to Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The $8 million Hamilton Street Bridge replacement project is part of a wider program to replace ageing bridge infrastructure across Perth's rail network.
"This type of project required co-ordinated interagency liaison to ensure disruption to the travelling public was minimised, and key infrastructure in place to complement adjacent projects in a timely manner.
"The Subi East and Bob Hawke College projects are expected to generate increased pedestrian and cycle traffic in the future, so the new bridge has enhanced capacity to cater for this.
"Pedestrian and cyclist safety will be improved with new paths on either side of the structure connecting to the existing shared path network.
"All road users will benefit with much needed intersection improvements at Railway Parade and Hamilton Street and enhanced lighting being delivered on the bridge and to the surrounding road and path network."
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