Kent Street Weir works disruptions to be minimal

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

WORKS to improve the Kent Street Weir and public walkway will begin in the last week of March and are expected to continue for four to six months.

The refurbishment works are expected to cause minimal noise and interruption to bridge and park users, but maps with alternative access points for canoeists will be made available.

The bridge will remain open during the first phase of work during the construction of a dry working area under the bridge, according to Department of Water Swan Avon Region manager Don Cummins.

“This is expected to take approximately three weeks, with works restricted to 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday to minimise noise,” he said.

A temporary floating walkway will be installed as works move into the second phase, suitable for pedestrian, wheelchairs and bikes.

The Canning River Cafe and other amenities will remain open during the entire construction period.

“We apologise for any inconvenience, as we recognise that the Kent Street Weir is a valued community recreation area,” Mr Cummins said.

“When completed the new bridge will be wider than the current bridge and there will be two viewing platforms, one looking upstream and one looking downstream,” Mr Cummins said.

A map for canoeists is available from the Department of Water’s website or by emailing ksw@water.wa.gov.au or calling Leanne Hartley on 6250 8031.