City to buy bridge
A future pedestrian footbridge in Mandurah’s north will connect the growing communities of Madora Bay and Lakelands, and provide safe access for school students and residents in the area.
During a “late and urgent” item put to council last Tuesday, councillors agreed to chief executive Mark Newman negotiating with Main Roads WA to acquire a recycled concrete and steel footbridge costing $150,000.
The footbridge has become available to the City as part of Tonkin Highway redevelopment works for the NorthLink WA project.
A statement from the City of Mandurah said: “The City has identified a cost-effective opportunity to purchase the footbridge, recognising a future community need for a pedestrian bridge in the area so residents can safely and conveniently access the shopping centre, library, schools and other amenities without crossing busy Mandurah Road.
Negotiations are continuing with Main Roads WA to purchase the footbridge, which has an estimated useful life of 50 years.
According to the City, the overall cost of the project to install the footbridge is significantly less than developing from new. The footbridge would be situated over Mandurah Road, near Banksiadale Gate, and a business case and consultation would be carried out as part of the project planning.