New safer bridge for Collie River near Burekup

Media Release

WT277/2015

26 August 2015

Joint release with:

Dean Nalder

WA Minister for Transport

Nola Marino

Federal Member for Forrest

Construction is underway on a new bridge over the Collie River near Burekup, with Watpac Civil Mining awarded the contract on the $16.54 million project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government would provide $8.27 million to the project under the Bridges Renewal Programme.

“The Bridges Renewal Programme has been designed to bolster the productivity of local bridges, to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement throughout the nation,” Mr Truss said.

“The timber Collie River Bridge is 86 years old and is nearing the end of its life. The new concrete structure will be built downstream of the existing bridge and help improve safety for all road users.”

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said an average of 6,000 vehicles use the Burekup Bridge each day, of which around 18 per cent are heavy vehicles.

“These works will involve building a modern bridge with safety barriers as well as a new culvert across the Collie River Floodway. Around 1.7 kilometres of the South Western Highway in Burekup between Russell Road and Raymond Road will also be realigned,” Ms Marino said.

“The natural river bank will be enhanced with rock protection, and improvements are being made to improve erosion control.”

Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said the realignment works will improve safety for the increasing number of vehicles using the stretch and for locals accessing Burekup.

“Modifications to existing intersections will also be needed, including Raymond Road, Russell Road and Orchard Drive, which will improve safety for Burekup residents in particular. This new bridge is a longterm investment in local infrastructure, because it will have a longer life span and lower maintenance costs,” Mr Nalder said.

“Construction is now underway. The project will underpin local job creation, including four traineeships.”

The existing bridge will remain open to traffic until the new alignment is complete. The new bridge should be completed by mid-2016.