City of Mandurah hopes to get bargain on pedestrian road bridge for Madora Bay

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IT is bargain time for the City of Mandurah which hopes to buy a pedestrian road bridge from Main Roads WA for just $150,000.

As part of redevelopment of the Tonkin Highway, Main Roads wants to recycle a concrete and steel traffic bridge and the City plans to snap it up.

Negotiations must be completed by early to mid-January so road works can proceed without delay..

The council has identified a future need for a footbridge to allow pedestrian traffic from Madora Bay to access schools and the shopping centre at Lakelands without the need to cross busy Mandurah Road.

The bridge is 14 years old with an estimated useful life of at least 50 years.

At present it is not possible to provide a cost estimate of the total project but a cost all up of less than $4 million is anticipated.

Negotiations have started with Main Roads to acquire the bridge and transport it to storage in Mandurah, acknowledging it is a high wide load route with certain standards that must be met.

According to the council, the outcome of negotiations is not certain but represents a significant opportunity for the City to meet a future community need.

North ward councillor Ron Wortley said it was a fantastic opportunity and he looked forward to seeing it happen.

“Children will be able to safely cross Mandurah Road, particularly in light of a fast-increasing population in this area,’’ he said.