THE way has been cleared for work to start on a new secondary bridge over the Murray River at Blake Road.
The bridge is intended to provide access during a bushfire emergency.
Pinjarra Aboriginal elders Harry Nannup and Clarrie Walley inspected the site after an urgent plea from Murray Wellington MLA Murray Cowper and Murray chief executive Dean Unsworth.
Mr Unsworth said Main Roads’ new bridge for traffic between Coolup, Pinjarra and Dwellingup was already under way and advancing fast.
“But a heritage clearance has delayed the temporary access road over the river at Blake Road and the affected communities and authorities were alarmed that with the early hot summer and without adequate access, there would be a massive fire threat,” he said.
Heritage approval had threatened to stall work on the bridge until February or March, after the worst of an early fire season.