Brand new bridge over Beenyup Brook

Media Release

DC168/2016

03 November 2016

Joint release with:

Bill Marmion

WA Minister for State Development, Transport and Innovation

Andrew Hastie

Federal Member for Canning

  • New bridge opens over Beenyup Brook in Byford, improving safety and traffic efficiency
  • Travel times cut for heavy vehicles
  • 5,000 vehicles a day to benefit from a stronger and wider bridge

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will all enjoy safer and smoother journeys on South Western Highway thanks to the completion of a new replacement bridge over Beenyup Brook in Byford.

Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie and Western Australian Minister for Transport Bill Marmion officially opened the bridge today, signalling completion of the $3.4 million project.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new bridge was an excellent asset for the area and road users, especially the freight industry.

“South Western Highway is a dedicated freight route, however the old bridge had load restrictions requiring some heavier trucks to make long detours. This new structure has been designed to cater for all vehicles and will save time and money for those moving freight around such a vast state,” Mr Chester said.

Mr Hastie said 5,000 vehicles a day used the Byford bridge, about 15 per cent of which were heavy vehicles.

“The project was jointly funded, with the Australian and Western Australian governments contributing $1.7 million each, and provided employment for 100 people at its peak,” Mr Hastie said.

“The Australian Government's contribution was delivered under the Bridges Renewal Programme, which upgrades and repairs bridges around the country to improve road access to and between communities, and to help freight industries operate more efficiently.”

Mr Marmion thanked the local community and users of the road for their patience during construction.

“The new bridge is a vast improvement on its predecessor, being five metres wider and including two lanes in each direction and sealed shoulders. The path along the western side of the highway has also been widened to three metres,” Mr Marmion said.

More information on the Bridges Renewal Programme, including how to apply for funding and funded projects, is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/bridgesrenewal/index.aspx.