State budget: $2.6m for bridge on City of Cockburn’s wishlist

State budget: $2.6m for bridge on City of Cockburn’s wishlist

THE State Government has injected significant funds in the Cockburn area, but with the State Budget being handed down on September 7, the City wants $2.6 million to duplicate a 100m bridge on Spearwood Avenue.

The council has offered to contribute $1.3 million if the State pays the remaining $2.6 million.

The City was unable to secure |Federal funding through the Small Bridge Renewal fund despite two attempts.

“The City has appealed to the State Government to provide funds to duplicate the Main Roads WA bridge over the freight rail network on Spearwood Avenue as part of the urgent duplication of this busy Restricted Access Vehicle Network route,” Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said.

The Metropolitan Road Group has already contributed $2.7 million to duplicate either side of the bridge, but these funds must be spent in the 2017/18 financial year so the city is unable to delay.

Bridges are ineligible for Metropolitan Road Group funding.

“While recognising the cost pressure the state is under, the City urges that consideration be given to our offer as the most expedient and rational approach to proceeding with these urgent works,” Mr Howlett said.

“On behalf of our community, the City of Cockburn is very grateful for significant State Government funding it has received in recent months, both in the lead-up to and following the state election in March,” Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said.

“As a result, millions of dollars will be spent in the City to improve roads, including freeway access, which will help reduce traffic congestion into the future.”

Monies have also been used to include new fenced dog parks, an upgraded skate park at Bibra Lake, refurbishment of the South Lake Ottey Family Centre and its outdoor recreation areas, and $100,000 to plant native trees.

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