Work on bridge pro­gress­ing well

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - Kristin Mac­far­lane

CON­STRUC­TION of the bridge con­nect­ing Treen­dale and Mill­bridge is well un­der way with the first set of sup­port beams nearly ready to be put in place.

The bridge, over the Col­lie River, will con­nect the Treen­dale and Kingston sub­di­vi­sions in Aus­tralind to the Mill­bridge Pri­vate Es­tate and the Parkridge Es­tate in Ea­ton.

Main Roads su­per­in­ten­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michael Hick­ling said work on the bridge was pro­gress­ing well with the date of com­ple­tion still at Jan­uary next year. Work on the man­u­fac­tur­ing of the steel gird­ers, or sup­port beams, is con­tin­u­ing.

The first four beams were de­liv­ered in the third week of April and re­main on site.

Mr Hick­ling said said once those four beams were welded and ready, ca­bles would be con­nected to al­low them to be dragged into place at the Mill­bridge end of the bridge first.

The two end pieces of the beams would be smaller than the rest.

He said the only hur­dle con­struc­tion work­ers had faced was soft ground at one end but they were aware of it, mean­ing work went ahead with­out prob­lems.

On April 12, the first above­ground per­ma­nent con­crete bridge com­po­nent was poured, fol­lowed by the first con­crete pour for the bridge last Fri­day.

The con­cret­ing of var­i­ous struc­tures that make up the bridge has also started, in­clud­ing the abut­ment piles on both sides of the river and the pre-cast pan­els that form the un­der­side of the bridge, upon which the steel re­in­forced con­crete deck will be placed.

The river re­mains open to all users.

Dar­danup shire coun­cil­lor James Lee said he was happy with how the bridge was pro­gress­ing and was ex­cited about how the com­mu­nity would re­spond to it.

“A lot of peo­ple are re­ally keen to not have to use the high­way,” Cr Lee said.

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