Kent Street Weir upgrade under way

Artist impression of the renovated Kent Street Weir and public walkway.
Artist impression of the renovated Kent Street Weir and public walkway.

THE installation of a temporary bridge across Canning River is complete, with the upgrade of Kent Street Weir under way.

The bridge, which opened late last month, is part of works to improve the weir and public walkway that began earlier this year and expected to be completed in October.

Department of Water project manager Leanne Hartley said the temporary bridge was essential to minimise disruption to locals and visitors to the area.

“The weir is such a focal point for recreation in the area,” she said.

“The weir performs an important environmental role in preventing salt water from intruding into fresh water up-stream. This prevents algal blooms and ensures healthy oxygen levels.

“We’ve worked with the City of Canning and local residents to limit the impact on day-to-day use.

“The construction zone and the surrounding areas have all been designed to ensure the area remains accessible to the public and continues to be an enjoyable place to visit during the construction period.”

The Canning River Eco Education Centre, Canning River Cafe and Castledare miniature railway will continue to operate during construction of the new bridge.

Ms Hartley said canoeists and paddlers would have small disruptions, with a 300m walk around the construction zone to move between up-stream and downstream.

She said cyclists were encouraged to dismount when crossing the temporary bridge for safety reasons.

Canning River parkrun – a 5km fun run each Saturday – will continue with some minor course adjustments.

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