Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
Weekend Rail Works At Mandurah To Finish Early
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien announced today that weekend rail works associated with construction of the $155 Million Mandurah Entrance Road would finish early.
“The Southern Gateway Alliance (SGA) and Main Roads WA made a solid start last weekend and expect to complete construction work over three weekends instead of the four to six originally predicted.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“About 60 % of the pre-cast concrete arches for both the Fremantle Road and Parklands tunnels were installed in the first weekend using one 500-tonne crane and two 275-tonne crawler cranes.”
The Minister said when completed, the Mandurah Entrance Road was expected to carry 10,000 vehicles per day.
“This important road will bring with it many benefits to the people of Mandurah and the surrounding Peel region.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“Mandurah will now have a world class gateway, capable of delivering many visitors and commuters right into the heart of the region. Its benefits will be incalculable.”
The SGA is confident the remaining arches for both tunnels would be placed – and other critical works associated with the tunnel construction completed – in the next two weekends, ensuring minimal impact on passenger rail operations.
“Completing the tunnel works early will benefit the entire project program, allowing paving operations to be brought forward before the winter months.” the Minister said.
“Project completion is set for December, but could be finished early due to the successful progress of this crucial work.”
Mr. O’Brien said the weekend rail shutdowns between Rockingham and Mandurah would conclude on Sunday, January 31 and until then dedicated replacement bus services between the two towns would continue to service the journey from Friday evening to Sunday night.