CLAREMONT Council gave its nod to a new Main Roads-proposed bridge over the Fremantle railway line at often congested Ashton Avenue, near Claremont Showground, at last Tuesday’s meeting.
“The benefit to the town will be the old one was at the end of its life and had some structural strength issues,” engineering services manager Saba Kiripanather said.
Main Roads’ examinations in 2015 forced load limits on the bridge, and vehicles stopped queuing, before the current bridge was strengthened late the following year.
Any new bridge will have to have two south-bound lanes, comprising one for traffic turning left or going straight across Gugeri Street, and another for right turns.
The Perth-Fremantle bike path will have a ramp for cyclists’ access and pedestrians will have a dedicated path on the bridge.
However, Mayor Jock Barker said he hoped traffic lights controlling the busy Gugeri Street-Ashton Avenue intersection would be an improvement on those recently installed at nearby Loch Street.
A tender for the new bridge will soon be advertised, after which its construction could take about 30 weeks after its expected start late this year.