Cockburn and Armadale not letting up in bridge fight

Map highlighting where the Armadale Road bridge would go.
Map highlighting where the Armadale Road bridge would go.

TWO councils behind the push to build the Armadale Road bridge say they will continue the fight for funding in the lead up to the state election in 2017.

Cockburn and Armadale are aiming to secure the $160m needed to build a bridge linking Armadale Road to North Lake Road.

In May, Federal Labor announced it would pay half of that if it wins Saturday’s Federal Election.

“The Armadale-North Lake Road bridge is desperately needed to help resolve congestion around Cockburn Central and only a Labor government will deliver that solution,” Fremantle candidate Josh Wilson said. No commitment has been made from the Federal Liberal party and is unlikely to come before the weekend.

In a debate between Burt candidates on Wednesday, Liberal candidate Matt O’Sullivan said more information was needed before a commitment could be made.

“The bridge is something we will need – there is no doubt about that,” he said.

“What I’ll be fighting for is a costed and funded program, not something that is just promised on a brochure or printed on the front page of a wrap-around.”

If funding does not come from the Federal Government, Cockburn and Armadale will press their claim at state level.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the bridge was vital, as traffic is the number one issue residents want addressed.

“Cockburn Central features as the most significant area for improvement, which is why the CCS lobbying campaign was initiated,” he said.

“Until a commitment is made for the funding of the Armadale Road bridge, the City must continue to advocate for this critical infrastructure investment.

“The City of Armadale is also committed to this outcome, as their Council recognises that widening Armadale Road alone will not address the traffic concerns of their residents and businesses.”

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the bridge had been fully costed in line with population and car use forecasts.