Matagarup Bridge set to open ahead of next Dockers game at Optus Stadium

Mark McGowan and Rita Saffioti walked Matagarup Bridge with workers to test user experience and comfort. Photo: supplied
Mark McGowan and Rita Saffioti walked Matagarup Bridge with workers to test user experience and comfort. Photo: supplied

THE Matagarup Bridge is set to open to the public ahead of the Round 17 Fremantle-Port Adelaide game at Optus Stadium on July 15.

Local workers involved in the construction of the bridge were the first to walk across yesterday , signalling the start of final testing and checks.

Over the past week, 740 cubic metres of concrete was poured to complete the bridge deck.

A controlled series of tests, referred to as ‘tuning’ or ‘dynamic testing’, will begin on Friday , enabling technicians to make final adjustments and confirm the amount of expected movement from the cable stay suspension bridge.

This testing is not about safety, but rather assessing the user experience and sense of comfort against the design.

The work is being undertaken by Curtin University’s Centre for Infrastructure Monitoring and Protection and is based on European standards as agreed with the bridge designers.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said workers should be congratulated on their hard work, expertise and determination to complete this project.

“Our focus has always been on safety compliance and build perfection, rather than rushing to get the bridge open, and the community will have this WA-made bridge to enjoy year-round,” she said.

“This project has been one of the most technically difficult constructions ever undertaken in WA and the local workforce has embraced the challenge and done an outstanding job.”

Full details of the transport changes on event days once the bridge is open will be available at www.transperth.wa.gov.au.