Australian Government renewing four bridges across WA

Media Release


27 February 2015

Joint release with:

Dean Nalder

WA Minister for Transport

Four bridges in Western Australia will be upgraded under the first tranche of the Australian Government's new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said $9.9 million in federal funds would be pumped into two Western Australian projects—with matching WA State Government funding—which will improve the state's road network.

“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster productivity of Australia's local bridges, to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement,” Mr Truss said.

“By upgrading these bridges from, for example, a one-lane timber bridge to a two-lane concrete bridge, residents will enjoy better, safer and more reliable road access. Freight from farms and local factories will be able to pass safely along quicker routes with greatly improve productivity.

“It's a classic win-win situation. That's why the Coalition Government identified local bridge upgrades and repairs as a national priority.”

Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said the bridge upgrades would deliver vital improvements to the local community.

“Two bridges on the South Western Highway near Bunbury—a key freight link between Perth and Bunbury—will be upgraded. This will ensure no load limits need to be placed on heavy vehicle traffic in the near future,” Mr Nalder said.

“Similarly, two bridges on the South Western Highway near Byford will be upgraded, removing a detour through urban Perth for restricted vehicles. This will cater for Western Australia's rapid growth in freight movements.”

The Australian Government is committing $114 million over Round One of the Bridges Renewal programme, committing a total of $300 million over five years from 2014–15.

See ‘Attachment A’ below for more details on the two Western Australian projects.

Attachment A: Bridges Renewal Programme projects—Western Australia

Proponent Name Project Name and Location Project Description AG Funds $000s Total Project Cost (000's)
Main Roads Western Australia Two bridges over the Collie River on the South Western Highway, 20kms east of Bunbury. Replacement of two closely located timber bridges with a new concrete culvert and a bridge 8,270 16,540
Main Roads Western Australia Two bridges on South Western Highway, Byford, south of Armadale Replacement of decks 1,700 3,400
  Total State Government funding 9,970 19,940