A new $51.8 million traffic bridge in Mandurah on the southwestern coast of Western Australia aims to improve journey times and safety.

Western Australian Transport Minister, Bill Marmion, inspected the construction progress of the traffic bridge with project partners Main Roads WA and the City of Mandurah.

“The Liberal National Government recognises the importance of this bridge to the region’s growth and development,” Mr Marmion said.

“With its four lanes and separated, five metre-wide pedestrian facilities, the new bridge will improve journey times, traffic capacity and safety for all road users.

“This significant project has been made possible by $40 million from Main Roads, $8.8 million from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program through the Growing our South initiative, and $3 million from the City of Mandurah.

“More than 200 jobs have already been created during construction of this impressive bridge.”

The bridge, which was developed through engagement with the Mandurah community, has a total of 13 segments, with 11 of these measuring 21m.

The project design retains sections of the old bridge to build fishing platforms for use by the community for fishing, crabbing and prawning.

Regional Development Minister, Terry Redman, said the project would strengthen Mandurah as a regional hub.

“Enhancing the region’s transportation network will support economic development and enhance the social wellbeing of residents,” Mr Redman said.

“I look forward to seeing the completed bridge and the benefits it will bring.”

The old bridge carries more than 24,000 vehicles per day and is load limited to 17 tonnes because of its age and condition.  

The restriction will remain in place until the new bridge is completed and operating in late 2017.

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