Works Underway To Replace 2 Ageing Bridges On The Albany Highway

Works Underway To Replace 2 Ageing Bridges On The Albany Highway

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack

Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti

Safer Bridges On The Way For Western Australia’s Albany Highway

Victor P Taffa

Works have started to replace 2 ageing bridges on the Albany Highway in Williams, Western Australia.

$12.2 Million project, jointly funded by the State Government ($7.2 Million) and Federal Government ($5 Million) also includes improvements to Albany Highway and intersection improvements at Richardson Road.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $12.2 Million project would replace 2 bridges located at the northern end (over Coalling Creek) and southern end (over Williams River) of Williams.

“Federal Government recognised the significance of these bridges, so we fast-tracked the funding to ensure works began this spring.” Deputy Prime Minister McCormack said.

“Replacements will improve driving conditions for local residents and freight operators, delivering safer and more productive bridges that are fit-for-purpose.”

“With the replacement of these old bridges, we will also see a reduction in maintenance costs, saving taxpayers’ dollars.” Deputy Prime Minister McCormack said.

Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the project would also include upgrading the Albany Highway and intersection improvements at Richardson Road.

“When the Western Australian Government was successful in getting funding from the Bridges Renewal Program earlier this year, we looked at what other Williams traffic improvements we could include.” Minister Saffioti said.

“As a result, the project now includes social amenity improvements, such as additional street lighting and pedestrian connectivity, as well as the 2 bridges that will improve safety and reliability for all road users on Albany Highway.”

“Construction of temporary crossings over the waterways occurred earlier this year, and were also funded by the Federal Government, ensuring local, tourist and freight traffic can continue using Albany Highway during these important bridge works.”

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New bridges will have higher load limits, which are increasing from 20 tonnes to 166 tonnes, providing a major benefit to the heavy vehicle industry on one of the State’s major freight routes.

Approximately 4,500 vehicles use the bridges in Williams each day, with 17 % of them heavy vehicles.

“Temporary bridges and speed restrictions will be in place during the construction phase, so we would like to thank local community residents for their patience while these upgrades are being done.” Minister Saffioti said.

Replacements are expected to be complete by the end of 2019, weather permitting.

Federal Government has committed $5 Million to the project under Round 3 of the Bridges Renewal Program and the Western Australia Government will fund the remaining costs of $7.2 Million to deliver the approved project scope.