- Final three tee-roff bridge beams have been installed on the new Ranford Road Bridge in a major milestone for the METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link project
- The beams were manufactured locally, creating more jobs for Western Australians
- The final section of the bridge is expected to be fully operational next year
- The new bridge will be longer and higher than the original, future-proofing the rail corridor for generations
The final three tee-roff beams have been installed on the new Ranford Road Bridge in a major milestone for the METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link Project.
The first seven beams were installed in May last year, with the final three now completing the process.
At 50 metres long and weighing 200-tonne, the beams are some of the largest of their type built in Australia and were manufactured locally by Georgiou Group at a precast facility in Hazelmere.
The final section of bridge build is expected to be complete and fully operational next year. Following this, the freight rail underneath the bridge will be relocated several metres to the north, and the passenger rail will be laid in its place.
The new Ranford Road Bridge will be higher and longer than the original and will feature six general traffic lanes, bus lanes, and a shared path on each side.
It will cater for an estimated average annual two-way traffic flow of 45,000 vehicles a day by 2031.
Vision of the final three tee-roff beams being moved into place can be accessed here: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/uhg5f9t1tz2eyqndvpfzc/h?dl=0&preview=TCL+beams+media+cut.mp4&rlkey=6c8xl0pcw7s0pjhidx9160vf0
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The installation of the final three tee-roff beams is a critical milestone in this major project that will not only improve traffic flow for thousands of motorists each year, but also allow for the completion of the Thornlie-Cockburn link project.
"When the new Ranford Road Bridge is complete, it will be longer and higher, feature two additional general traffic lanes and two additional bus lanes - which will significantly improve traffic flow and allow for an estimated 45,000 vehicles to traverse a day by 2031.
"The project is delivering some great outcomes for local jobs - with the manufacture of the beams happening right here in WA - while local businesses and the community will benefit in the long-term with improved road and rail access.
"When the 17.5km Thornlie-Cockburn Link is operational, passengers using Ranford Road Station will be able to travel to Perth in about 29 minutes, and have more direct access to Optus Stadium."
Comments attributed to Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai:
"This project is going to significantly improve traffic flow for people living in the Jandakot electorate, while also paving the way for new public transport options with the delivery of the Thornlie Cockburn link.
"Perth's south is growing rapidly, and with around 45,000 vehicles expected to use the Ranford Road bridge on a daily basis by 2031, having additional traffic lanes will be critical to improving road access in the future."
Comments attributed to Southern River MLA Terry Healy:
"I want to thank the community for their patience while we deliver this project.
"This installation of the final beams puts us on the home straight for the delivery of the new Ranford Road Bridge.
"The new bridge and the Thornlie-Cockburn Link will be a game changer for people living in Perth's southern suburbs, and will better connect our city from east to west."
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