Freo bridge re­stric­tion to con­tinue for re­pair works

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

VE­HI­CLES weigh­ing more than 15 tonnes can once again use the trou­bled, 1930s-built wooden traf­fic bridge between Fre­man­tle and the west­ern sub­urbs.

“Fol­low­ing a re­cent clo­sure of the bridge struc­ture to en­able emer­gency un­der­wa­ter brac­ing re­pairs, per­ma­nent strength­en­ing re­pairs are now be­ing un­der­taken,” a Main Roads spokesman said late last month.

Traf­fic weigh­ing more than 15t was pre­vented from us­ing the Fre­man­tle bridge between June 27 and July 4.

In April, tremen­dous in­con­ve­nience was caused to traf­fic af­ter dis­cov­ery of ero­sion at the bot­tom of sev­eral of the bridge’s py­lons caused it to be closed for re­pairs for sev­eral days.

The spokesman said the re­stric­tion was put in place for safety rea­sons.

He said no more re­stric­tions were planned af­ter the 15t limit was raised to the stan­dard 42.5t on July 4.

Fre­man­tle MLA Si­mone McGurk has been cam­paign­ing for a new road bridge, which could also al­low sep­a­ra­tion of freight and pas­sen­ger trains.

“We have con­sis­tent en­gi­neer­ing ad­vice that the road bridge needs re­plac­ing, and that would be bet­ter spend­ing than these on­go­ing re­pairs,” Ms McGurk said.

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