WORK has started to upgrade the ageing Swan Valley Bridge over the Ellen Brook on West Swan Road.
The $2.05 million upgrade is a project jointly funded by the Federal and State governments and City of Swan.
The project, expected to be completed in 12 weeks, will improve safety and the lifespan of the bridge.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said he looked forward to seeing the updated bridge.
“The project proves the value of our Roads to Recovery program, which is providing a significant portion of the funding for this project,” he said.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the bridge was due for an upgrade after being built in 1959.
“These improvements will significantly improve the lifespan of this structure, which is used by an average of 14,000 vehicles per day,” she said.
“These works are going to involve replacing exisiting traffic barriers, bridge beams and piles, reinforcing the existing bridge deck and constructing retaining walls and embankments.”
West Swan Road will be temporarily closed between Gnangara Road and Millhouse Road.