Optus Stadium: Matagarup Bridge opening date pushed back to end of June

An artist's impression of the new Matagarup Bridge.
An artist's impression of the new Matagarup Bridge.

PLANNING Minister Rita Saffioti has announced the opening date for the Matagarup Bridge has been pushed back until the end of June.

The State Government has maintained the bridge would be open in May, reiterating that stance as recently as April.

At that time it declared the bridge would be open by May should fine conditions prevail.

But despite fine weather so far this month, Ms Saffioti has conceded the best case scenario for the project’s completion is toward the end of next month.

“Our target date is the end of June,” Ms Saffioti told radio station 6PR.

“This is one of the most technically difficult constructions ever undertaken in WA, and the local workforce has done an outstanding job to get the project this far in less than a year.

“We inherited a difficult design that was stalled but the local workers have embraced the challenge and the end is finally in sight.

“The target completion date has been extended a month to the end of June but there is a chance of being able to open it for Optus Stadium’s first Thursday night game on June 21.”

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