New WA bridge improves safety and efficiency

The new $3.4 million South Western Highway bridge in Byford, Western Australia, is now complete and open to traffic.

According to the WA Government, the project that started construction in late 2015, will improve safety and freight haulage efficiency with more than 5,000 vehicles – 15 per cent heavy vehicles – using the route per day.

WA Minister for Transport, Bill Marmion, said the new bridge was a well-designed facility for all road users in the area, including local commuters and families, with particular benefits for the freight industry.

“South Western Highway is a dedicated heavy haulage route, however the old bridge had load weight restrictions requiring some vehicles to make long detours,” he commented.

“The new structure has been designed to cater for all vehicles and will save time and money as it will accommodate larger vehicles moving freight across our vast State.

“Road user safety will be significantly improved, with the bridge being built in accordance with the latest safety standards.”

The project was jointly funded by the Australian and State governments and provided jobs for up to 100 people at its peak.

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