Funding boost to bridge project

Published on Friday 29 September, 2017

Funding boost to bridge project

Detailed design work to refurbish a bridge on Nicholson Road is now underway, after the City of Gosnells and Main Roads WA secured a Federal Government grant to fund the project.

The $1.24 million project will strengthen the eldest of two bridges that cross the Canning River to increase the load limit from 14 Tonne to 166 Tonne, extending the bridge’s life span and improving safety by extending guard rails.

The City and Main Roads WA will each contribute $311,000 towards the project, with the remaining $622,000 provided by the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program grant.

“Nicholson Road is a major link between significant commercial, industrial and residential areas in the district, so this project is vital to maintain community and heavy vehicle access,” City Chief Executive Officer Ian Cowie said.

“With more than 260 buses crossing this bridge each day, and 18,500 vehicles, this is one of the busiest sections of road in the City. As such, the project has been designed so that the road can remain open during the refurbishment works.

“This project will extend the life of the bridge from one or two years, to 15 years.”

Main Roads will undertake the work on behalf of City of Gosnells, with work anticipated to begin in late 2018.