Test no stress for walk­ers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Ju­lian Wright

THE Mata­garup Bridge is set to open ahead of the round 17 Fre­man­tle-Port Ade­laide game at Op­tus Sta­dium on Sun­day.

More than 300 peo­ple braved the Satur­day morn­ing chill to be­come among the first to walk on the bridge as part of a dy­nam­ics test.

Test­ing con­sists of up to 300 peo­ple in four ses­sions over two days walk­ing back and forth over a sec­tion of the con­struc­tion to test the move­ment and sway of the bridge. Test­ing con­tin­ues to­day. On Thurs­day , a group of State Emer­gency Ser­vice staff will run and jump on the bridge be­fore it opens to the pub­lic ahead of the July 15 round 17 clash be­tween the Fre­man­tle Dock­ers and Port Ade­laide.

Many came to the Satur­day ses­sion in their ac­tivewear, us­ing the op­por­tu­nity to get in some ex­er­cise while be­ing part of Perth his­tory.

One walker dubbed the bridge “The Eif­fel Tower of Perth”, re­fer­ring to the de­sign.

Tony and Eilish Burns, from Cloverdale, said fac­ing the cold was worth their first walk on the bridge.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to be on here,” Mr Burns said.

“It was worth it; wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

“It’s im­por­tant that peo­ple come along and sup­port these things and be part of it.”

Mr Burns said they would use the bridge reg­u­larly.

“This is ab­so­lutely one of our routes we do ev­ery week, so for us, it con­nects us with East Perth,” he said,

Project di­rec­tor Ilario Spag­nolo said sen­sors recorded move­ment and the data was mon­i­tored by a team from Curtin Univer­sity.

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Some of the peo­ple tak­ing part in the Mata­garup Bridge test walk.

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