New bridge contract roll outs out at West Leederville

An artist’s impression of the new Hamilton Street bridge in West Leederville.
An artist’s impression of the new Hamilton Street bridge in West Leederville.

MAIN Roads’ program to get rid of ageing western suburbs’ road bridges continues with announcement of a tender to replace the Hamilton Street bridge in West Leederville today.

“The routine replacement of the century-old Hamilton Street bridge over the railway line is a chance to add capacity for cyclists and pedestrians, while improving safety for local motorists,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.

The new bridge will comprise two traffic lanes, 1.2m shoulder lanes and two 3m share paths for traffic and users of the proposed Subi East precinct and Inner City College near Subiaco Oval.

It will replace the a 99-year-old timber bridge after construction, which is due to start early next year.

“As well as the bridge upgrade, there will be new connections to the existing shared path network and an extension to the existing underpass on the southern side of the bridge,” Ms Saffioti said.

Last month, she opened a new $11 million bridge over the railway at Ashton Avenue in Claremont, and Main Roads is working on council and community agreement for a design of a new Swanbourne railway bridge another 2km down the line.

In Cottesloe, it is tentatively scheduled that the wooden Eric Street bridge, 1km further south, is replaced in 2021-22.