New bridge finish near
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.