Minister Opens Temporary Bridge

Minister Opens Temporary Bridge

Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

Temporary Crossing Opened One Month After Buckingham Bridge Destroyed

Victor P Taffa

Brookton Highway over the Canning River in Roleystone has been reconnected by a temporary crossing, less than one month after Buckingham Bridge was destroyed by fire.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell today opened the crossing and praised the efforts of Main Roads WA and its contractor Keslake Nominees in establishing the link so soon after February’s devastating bushfires in the Kelmscott and Roleystone areas.

“Up to 4,000 vehicles per day use this section of Brookton Highway, and care had to be taken to ensure the crossing could safely carry this traffic until a permanent replacement bridge is designed and built.” Mr. Buswell said.

“It’s a credit to everyone involved that this temporary culvert crossing is up and running less than four weeks after Buckingham Bridge was destroyed.”

“The temporary crossing will stay in place until the bridge is re-built.” Mr. Buswell said.

 

The Minister acknowledged the efforts of the City of Armadale which worked with Main Roads immediately after the bridge was destroyed to set up three specific road detours through Kelmscott and Roleystone to carry heavy vehicles, through traffic and local traffic.

Mr. Buswell also thanked the Water Corporation, which provided 120 m of large diameter steel pipe used in building the culvert.

“This project has demonstrated just what can be achieved through good cross-government agency, community and stakeholder collaboration.” Mr. Buswell said.

“Road users and the local community are also to be praised for their patience during the past few weeks.”

The Minister said the project had been a significant engineering effort in a confined space that required 4,500 tonnes of fill material, 400 tonnes of rock and 250 tonnes of crushed limestone.

About 200 tonnes of debris from the destroyed bridge also had to be removed from the site before construction began.