Bridging the gap for Perth cyclists

The new bridge over Scarborough Beach Road in Osborne Park. Photo: David Baylis
The new bridge over Scarborough Beach Road in Osborne Park. Photo: David Baylis

CYCLISTS and pedestrians can cross Scarborough Beach Road with ease after a bridge was installed on the Mitchell Freeway.

The 60m-long bridge was lifted in to place over Scarborough Beach Road in Osborne Park, east of the freeway, on Saturday night and helps complete a missing link in the principal shared path (PSP) network between Glendalough Station and Hutton Street.

Its 7.4m width comprises a 4m cycle and 2m pedestrian path and is the network’s first separated path.

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The bridge is part of the freeway southbound widening project, which will provide an additional southbound lane for 7km between Cedric and Vincent streets.

Two underpasses for pedestrians and cyclists are being built and will be installed at the Hutton on and off-ramps.

The new bridge over Scarborough Beach Road in Osborne Park. Photo: David Baylis

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the bridge was locally made and would help create a completely off-road, continuous path making it safer for people walking and riding.

“The $19 million upgrade to the Mitchell Freeway PSP from Glendalough Station to Hutton Street is our biggest single investment in the cycling network,” she said.

Ms Saffioti said $146 million had been allocated in the next four year to expand WA’s shared path network by 150 kilometres.

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