Fremantle Traffic Bridge reopened following repairs


Divers working on the bridge. Picture: Jon Bassett
Divers working on the bridge. Picture: Jon Bassett

THE Fremantle Traffic Bridge will reopen tomorrow.

The bridge was closed on Friday night after erosion was found on the foundation of one of four piers.

Underwater divers worked to brace the piles with steel tiles to strengthen them and stop sideways movement under the water.

Main Roads metropolitan operations executive director Des Snook said the bridge would be reopened before tomorrow morning’s peak period, pending a final inspection this afternoon.

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“We had envisaged the works could take up to a week to complete but favourable weather conditions and gentle tides over the weekend enabled the divers to work at a fast pace,” he said.

“Work will continue on the bridge over the next several months as we complete strengthening and maintenance works. At this point it is not envisaged that any further traffic closures will be required.

“Main Roads regrets the closure but it was a necessary precaution to enable the bracing to be carried out and thanks road users for their patience during the closure.”