DESIGN and construction contractors will be sought for a proposed bridge over Reid Highway connecting Dayton and Caversham this month.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Midland MLA Michelle Roberts announced the call for design and construction contracts, which will include a proposed bridge connecting the northern and southern sections of Arthur Street on June 1.
The announcement follows a decision from the City of Swan to contribute funding towards the project.
The proposed bridge will provide alternative access for buses to cross Reid Highway and pedestrians to access the proposed primary school at South Caversham.
It will also provide an additional entry and exit point for emergency vehicles.
The bridge is part of the $70 million Reid Highway dual carriageway project between Altone Road and West Swan Road, expected to begin construction in early 2019.
The dual carriageway would include 4km of widening to build two new traffic lanes on the southern side of the existing highway and changes to the intersection of Reid Highway and West Swan Road.
Ms Saffioti said the bridge would reduce congestion and improve access to shops and local services on both sides of Reid Highway.
“The areas of Caversham and Dayton have struggled with access, and this bridge would create opportunities for quicker bus routes and travel time savings as the population grows,” she said.
“We look forward to working closely with the City of Swan to deliver this important addition to their local road project, and welcome their financial commitment to the project.”
Ms Roberts said the project would benefit residents in the Midland electorate, particularly those living in Caversham housing estates.