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

New bridge raises the Tone in WA's south west

Media Release

MM072/2018

12 June 2018

Joint release with:

Rick Wilson MP

Federal Member for O'Connor

The Hon Rita Saffioti MLA

WA Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands
State Member for West Swan

Adele Farina MLC

State Member for South West Region

The new $4.9 million two-lane Tone Bridge located along the Boyup Brook-Cranbrook Road at Tonebridge, Western Australia, is now complete, with the project set to improve safety for passenger and freight vehicles.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the upgrade was part of the Australian Government’s $75 billion commitment to building better infrastructure across the nation.

“This is just one of the important bridges to receive funding from the Australian Government’s $480 million Bridges Renewal Program for projects which contribute to improving productivity and community access,” Mr McCormack said.

Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said around 400 vehicles used the old single-lane bridge daily, including a high number of trucks, road trains and caravans.

“By removing the need to stop and give way to oncoming vehicles, the new double-lane bridge will improve safety and productivity for heavy freight vehicles carrying wood chips, logs, grain and sheep to the Port of Bunbury, and fertiliser and lime from the west coast, ” Ms Saffioti said.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the project would facilitate safer access for vehicles entering and leaving the Shire of Boyup Brook on one of its major distributor roads.

“The new bridge replaces the single-lane, 90-year-old aged timber bridge with a two-lane concrete structure that will benefit regional community access and provide safer passage on the Albany to Bunbury tourist drive,” Mr Wilson said.

The $4.9 million Cranbrook Road Bridge Replacement project was funded on a 50:50 basis by the Australian and Western Australia governments under Round 2 of the Bridges Renewal Program, with Western Australia Government overseeing the works.

State Member for South West Adele Farina said the 53 metre bridge used an innovative design, which is the first of its kind in Australia.

“The design is unique, using a combination of steel beams and reinforced concrete, which offers benefits in safety, reduced material requirements and minimal maintenance requirements. The new dual lane bridge will provide greater safety for all users,” Ms Farina said.

More information on the Bridges Renewal Program is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/bridges_renewal.aspx.