Construction of a new bridge connecting Caversham and Dayton will begin in mid-2019 as part of the works to widen the Reid Highway in Perth, Western Australia.
A joint funding arrangement was reached between the Western Australian Government and City of Swan for the bridge to go ahead, with a construction contract expected to be awarded this month.
To ensure construction efficiencies and minimise impacts to the community and road users, the bridge has been included within the scope of the Reid Highway dual carriageway project.
The new structure will provide access for buses crossing the highway, as well as pedestrians accessing a proposed new primary school at South Caversham.
It will also provide an additional entry and exit point for emergency vehicles.
State Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the new bridge will improve local connectivity and access and reduce congestion.
“The areas of Caversham and Dayton have struggled with access, and this bridge will create opportunities for quicker bus routes and travel time savings as the population grows,” she said.
“We thank the City of Swan for their commitment to this important local road improvement, and look forward to working with them as the project moves forward.”
City of Swan Mayor David Lucas welcomed the addition of the bridge to the Reid Highway project.
“We expect traffic congestion to alleviate near the intersection of Reid Highway and Lord Street as the bridge provides a new alternative route,” Cr. Lucas said.
“The bridge will also assist local families, with better access to nearby schools on either side of Reid Highway as well as the Dayton District open space.”
Early works activities will begin on the southern side of the highway this month in preparation for construction later in the year.