Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    New bridge over Mitchell Freeway to provide missing cycling link

    29/09/2019 12:00 PM
    • New locally manufactured bridge to provide continuous cycling link over Scarborough Beach Road on the Mitchell Freeway
    • Steel fabricated locally and bridge built by local workers at Naval Base
    • Key part of Mitchell Freeway Southbound Widening project
    • McGowan Government allocated $146 million over four years to expand cycling network by 150 kilometres
    • Inaugural Bike Month Challenge to encourage more people to take up cycling on a regular basis   

    Cycling to and from the Perth CBD will soon be faster and safer, with the installation of a new cyclist and pedestrian bridge over Scarborough Beach Road on Mitchell Freeway.


    The 60m long 'super-structure' was lifted into place over Scarborough Beach Road to the east of the Mitchell Freeway southbound carriageway on Saturday night.


    The new bridge spans 7.4m in width, with a separated 4m cycle path and 2m pedestrian path, making journeys safer and more direct for users.


    The bridge is part of the Mitchell Freeway Southbound Widening project, which will provide an additional southbound lane for 7km between Cedric Street and Vincent Street, and complete a missing link in the Principal Shared Path (PSP) network between Glendalough Train Station and Hutton Street.


    This will feature the first ever separated facility for cyclists and pedestrians on the Principal Shared Path network, improving safety and connectivity to the train station.


    Two PSP underpasses at the Hutton Street on and off ramps are also under construction and when complete will result in an uninterrupted journey for people walking and riding.


    A new Bike Month initiative has also launched this week to encourage more people to take up cycling on a regular basis.


    Organised by WestCycle, the inaugural Bike Month Challenge will run throughout November and encourage bike riders to log their rides, set individual and team goals and receive advice and encouragement, and win some great rewards and prizes.


    In 2020, the Bike Month Program will include the reintroduction of our popular grants program which supports schools, workplaces and community groups to run their own Bike Month events.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "The new locally made Scarborough Beach Road cyclist and pedestrian bridge is set to become another iconic structure along the Mitchell Freeway and will help create a completely off-road, continuous path creating safer and comfortable journeys for people walking and riding.


    "The $19 million upgrade to the Mitchell Freeway PSP from Glendalough Station to Hutton Street is our biggest single investment in the cycling network.


    "The McGowan Government is committed to providing safe and continuous riding and walking facilities for the community and we have allocated more than $146 million over the next four years to expand our State's shared path network by 150 kilometres.


    "The Bike Month Challenge is about encouraging people who may be new to riding, to get involved and have fun by riding with friends and family and completing challenges together."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500