$9.1m bridge build under way in Mt Lawley

The 105-year-old bridge was lifted out of place. Picture: Mick Slocombe
$9.1m bridge build under way in Mt Lawley
The 105-year-old bridge was lifted out of place. Picture: Mick Slocombe

REPLACEMENT of the 105-year-old Third Avenue Bridge in Mt Lawley linking Whatley Crescent and Railway Parade started last week to improve safety and efficiency on the local road and rail network.

The $9.1 million project includes the demolition of the old timber bridge and construction of the 20m steel and concrete bridge catering to a higher load capacity.

The project also includes construction of a second lane eastbound on the bridge to separate traffic turning left and right on to Whatley Crescent, realignment of the cycle and pedestrian path through a 30m underpass and a new footpath across the bridge.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said replacing the century-old bridge with a contemporary structure would ensure it met current safety standards and improve traffic flow during peak periods. Mt Lawley MLA Michael Sutherland said an update was long overdue, with the bridge built in the era of light cars and horse and cart.

“The extra lane and upgraded bridge will greatly assist in alleviating congestion, more particularly during peak hours, and improve traffic flow,” he said.

The new bridge is the final stage of a $22 million State Government project to improve safety and efficiency on the local road and rail network with the Seventh Avenue Bridge replacement opened in May.

Traffic will be detoured over the railway via the Caledonian Avenue level crossing and the new Seventh Avenue Bridge, with Main Roads encouraging road users to use Guildford Road and Beaufort Street.

The project will take about eight months to complete and create 15 jobs.

The Third Avenue bridge carries about 10,000 cars each week day.