WA company Georgiou Group will start work on a replacement for the 63-year-old Mandurah traffic bridge this year.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder and Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies announced the contract for the almost $52 million project on Friday.
Mr Nalder said the replacement bridge would address safety and traffic congestion issues for increasing numbers of vehicles using the bridge.
He said improving traffic capacity with two traffic lanes in each direction and safety for pedestrians and cyclists with separate, wider facilities over the bridge were key features.
Georgiou’s proposal keeps sections of the old bridge to build platforms beneath the new bridge to use for fishing, crabbing and prawning. The height of the bridge will enable much bigger boats to pass under.
There will be about 200 jobs created during construction.
The project involves decommissioning the existing bridge and building a new bridge to the north of the old one, with Main Roads WA managing the contract in partnership with the City of Mandurah.
Georgiou will do detailed design development and construction management planning before starting work soon, with completion expected in late 2017.