THE Federal Labor and Liberal parties have both promised financial support to replace the ageing Fremantle Traffic Bridge.
Last week both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labor leader Bill Shorten pledged $115 million to the bridges replacement if their respective party was elected.
Fremantle MHR Josh Wilson said he had argued the case for a new bridge in parliament.
“I am glad the Coalition government has decided at the last minute to support the project,” he said.
“I have always said it would be wonderful to consider retaining the old bridge as a link for cyclists and pedestrians, and a space that could be used for cultural, festival, and community events.”
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said replacing the traffic bridge with a new one in a similar location was a key project for the City.
“The Fremantle Traffic Bridge is an important northern gateway into Fremantle, but it’s reaching the end of its life as a carriageway for cars and trucks,” he said.
“Main Roads’ assessment of the bridge is that without significant remedial maintenance it will have to close in the near future.
“If that were to happen without a suitable alternative in place it would cause traffic chaos for Fremantle and have a big impact on freight getting to and from the Fremantle Port.
“Another important element of the project is to create a dedicated freight railway line, which would eliminate the current conflict between freight and passenger trains.
“We look forward to continuing our constructive discussions with the state government to secure a state commitment to this project.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Liberal National government has a firm commitment to ensuring Western Australia has fair share of infrastructure funding.
“We are prioritising investment in the major projects needed to better support regional areas, ease congestion in and around Perth and reduce the terrible impact of road trauma by delivering safer roads,” he said.
Other projects that have been funded include the removal of three level crossings at Oats Street in Carlisle, Welshpool Road in Welshpool and Mint Street in East Victoria Park.