New bridge over Greenough River in WA

Construction on a new bridge over the Greenough River in Western Australia is on its way after an $8.1million contract was awarded to contractors the Georgiou Group.

Western Australian Transport Minister, Troy Buswell, said the new bridge would improve road safety and minimise road closures caused by small scale flooding events.

He said the new bridge will significantly improve efficiency for the road freight transport industry and also provide a coastal route alternative to Great Northern Highway for traffic travelling in the northern parts of the State.

“The Greenough River Bridge was constructed more than 60 years ago and is currently used by more than 2,200 vehicles daily, including road trains travelling between Dongara and Greenough,” Mr Buswell said.

The existing bridge will remain open to traffic until the new bridge is completed. Once the new bridge is opened to traffic, the existing bridge will be demolished and redundant pavements will be removed and rehabilitated.

The works involve construction of a new steel and concrete bridge which will be around 90 metres long, 10 metres wide and around three metres higher than the existing bridge.

“Replacement of the bridge is the first of three stages for the planned upgrade of this section of Brand Highway,” the Minister said. “The other two stages involve the realignment of the Bookarra curves and the S-bends at the approaches to the bridge.”

Construction is expected be finished by October.

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