New bridge fin­ish near

Mandurah Coastal Times - - OPINION -

LO­CAL Govern­ment Min­is­ter and Man­durah MLA David Tem­ple­man and Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti in­spected the new Man­durah bridge as works con­tin­ued to com­plete and fully open the bridge to traf­fic and pedes­tri­ans in the next few months.

Mr Tem­ple­man walked the old bridge with his fam­ily on Sun­day and was struck by how many peo­ple had per­sonal sto­ries about the bridge.

The two toured the new $51 mil­lion bridge and paid trib­ute to the en­gi­neers, de­sign­ers and con­struc­tion work­ers who since early 2016 had cre­ated a re­mark­able struc­ture that will carry four lanes of traf­fic and have a north-fac­ing 5m-wide pedes­trian walkway.

Mr Tem­ple­man or­gan­ised a spe­cial op­por­tu­nity for a lo­cal per­son born in 1953, the year the bridge opened, and a lo­cal pri­mary school stu­dent to be on board the first car to cross the new bridge.

The new bridge will be par­tially opened to two lanes of traf­fic early next month to al­low the fi­nal align­ment works to be com­pleted.

The pedes­trian walkway will also be able to host mar­ket stalls dur­ing spe­cial events and use in­no­va­tive light­ing to light it up in var­i­ous colours.

“So when my beloved Fre­man­tle Dock­ers win their first grand fi­nal, the bridge can be lit up in a sea of pur­ple,’’ Mr Tem­ple­man said.

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