The WA Government have opened a new Phillips River Bridge after widespread flooding in 2017 destroyed the old bridge.
Western Australia was significantly impacted by flooding in February 2017, which caused $94 million damage to the State’s roads.
Construction on the bridge was fast tracked, with the $6.8 million dollar concrete structure being completed within 12 months of the flooding.
With the bridge now open again, Albany and Esperance are connected, meaning motorists won’t have to use the temporary sealed side track with speed regulations to safely cross the Phillips River.
Construction of the bridge began in August 2017, with a number of local suppliers, contractors and subcontractors engaged in the works.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the bridge is a vital piece of infrastructure for the Great Southern region.
“The freight industry, local communities and other motorists have been patient during the construction and I would like to thank them for that,” she said.
“The McGowan Government has also committed to $30 million worth of upgrades to South Coast Highway between Albany and Jerramungup, complementing current works underway between Pfeiffer Road and Cheynes Beach Road.”
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