Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

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.