City of Swan officially opens Ellen Brook Bridge in Upper Swan

The Ellen Brook Bridge has now opened. Picture: David Baylis
The Ellen Brook Bridge has now opened. Picture: David Baylis

THE Ellen Brook Bridge, which will link Ellenbrook to Upper Swan, was officially opened today.

The $6.1 million bridge, on Railway Parade north of Apple Street, took eight months to complete and is expected to be a key transport link for residents in the region.

The bridge was opened by Swan Mayor David Lucas and Federal MP Christian Porter in a ceremony this morning along with councillors from the City.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter and Swan Mayor David Lucas officially open the Ellen Brook Bridge. Picture: J Bianchini

Cr Lucas congratulated everyone involved in the project and said the benefits would be felt for decades.

“This is a proud day for the City of Swan and every single person involved in this fantastic project,” he said.

“The Federal Government contributed $3 million and this is an excellent example of what can be achieved through collaboration.

“The economic benefits and saving in travel time will benefit the local community and City of Swan for future generations.”

The bridge has been one of the City’s top priorities to help reduce traffic congestion and create an alternate access point during emergency situations such as bushfires.

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Mr Porter said it was fantastic to see the bridge open.

“The Ellen Brook Bridge will provide an essential link between the fast-growing residential areas to the south of the Ellen Brook and increasing employment areas to the north,” he said.

“The opening of the bridge will improve community connections, making it easier for people to get around by reducing congestion and travel times, and increasing road safety.

“The City of Swan has worked hard to get this project off the ground.”

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Ellen Brook Bridge on Railway Parade, north of Apple Street, Upper Swan.

 Construction began late 2017

 Project took eight months to complete

 Final cost $6.1 million

 Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund contributed $3 million

 Bridge is essential transport link for Upper Swan and Ellenbrook

 Help develop employment areas north of Bullsbrook

 Claimed economic benefits, from travel time saved, estimated at $45M over 30 years