East Coolup Bridge revamped and re-opened


Clarry Wally, Harry Nannup, Shire President Maree Reid, Murray Wellington MLA Murray Cowper and Transport Minister Bill Marmion.
Clarry Wally, Harry Nannup, Shire President Maree Reid, Murray Wellington MLA Murray Cowper and Transport Minister Bill Marmion.

EAST Coolup Bridge has been revamped and officially re-opened to traffic following an almost 12-month construction period.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday included State Development, Transport and Innovation Minister Bill Marmion, Murray-Wellington MLA Murray Cowper, Murray Shire president Maree Reid and Shire chief executive Dean Unsworth.

The bridge services local, transport, tourist and emergency service vehicles and provides an important link between South Western Highway and Pinjarra-Williams Road.

The new bridge, the first of its kind for Main Roads, is an incrementally launched 98m-long, two span steel and concrete/steel composite structure.

The project employed up to 30 people on-site accruing about 28,000 man-hours with 11 local sub-contractors and suppliers.

In August 2015, a $6.3 million contract was awarded to BMD Constructions for construction of the new bridge to replace the former 101m, 13-span timber bridge after cracks were identified in the concrete beams of the deck.

The original bridge was built in 1964.

Along with the upgrade, the Shire of Murray co-ordinated improvements to the alignment of East Coolup Road.

The first vehicle crossed the bridge on September 20.