THE State Government has approved the new look of the Swan River pedestrian bridge.
WA-made steel arches will become a feature of the bridge.
Changes made to the original design mean the steel arch structure will no longer be covered by white and black fabric.
The decision follows advice from lead contractor York Rizzani JV.
Omitting the fabric cladding will deliver approximately $4 million in savings on the construction cost and a further $11 million in anticipated maintenance costs over the first 40 years of the bridge’s life.
Along with the aesthetic changes, the revised design will improve structural capacity by eliminating 275 tonnes of secondary steel from the 50 arch modules.
To factor in these two challenges, the opening of the bridge is expected in May next year.
“We’re getting on with the delivering this bridge, while the previous government opted to wait for it to arrive from Malaysia,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
“This bridge was never designed or chosen based on its simplicity – it is a work of art, however this decision will improve its structural capacity and expose the impressive functional elements, built locally, of the design.
“By removing the fabric covering or membrane, we make an immediate saving on construction and many millions of dollars in reduced maintenance in coming years.
“I have no doubt the revised design will prove a stunning addition to the Perth skyline, which will now be a permanent tribute to the workmanship of WA workers.”