Bridge up­grades progress

Great Southern Herald - - News - Michael Traill

Road­works to­talling $12 mil­lion have started on Williams’ Coalling Creek and Williams River bridges, which will in­crease their load lim­its from 20 to 166 tonnes.

Con­struc­tion of tem­po­rary cross­ings over the wa­ter­ways oc­curred ear­lier this year, en­sur­ing the 4500 ve­hi­cles that pass through Williams daily could con­tinue us­ing Al­bany High­way dur­ing the works.

Fund­ing for the works was split be­tween the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments, $7 mil­lion and $5 mil­lion re­spec­tively.

State Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the project would also in­clude up­grad­ing Al­bany High­way and im­prove­ments to in­ter­sec­tions at Richard­son Road.

“When the WA Gov­ern­ment was suc­cess­ful in get­ting fund­ing from the Bridges Re­newal Pro­gram ear­lier this year, we looked at what other Williams traf­fic im­prove­ments we could in­clude,” Ms Saf­fi­oti said.

“As a re­sult, the project now in­cludes so­cial amenity im­prove­ments, such as ad­di­tional street light­ing and pedes­trian con­nec­tiv­ity, as well as the two bridges that will im­prove safety and re­li­a­bil­ity for all road users on Al­bany High­way.”

Fed­eral Mem­ber for O’Con­nor Rick Wil­son said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fast-tracked the fund­ing of the con­struc­tion to en­sure works be­gan this spring.

“The re­place­ments will im­prove driv­ing con­di­tions for res­i­dents and freight op­er­a­tors, de­liv­er­ing safer and more pro­duc­tive bridges that are fit-for-pur­pose,” Mr Wil­son said.

“With the re­place­ment of these old bridges, we will also see a re­duc­tion in main­te­nance costs, sav­ing tax­pay­ers’ dol­lars.”

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Con­struc­tion over Williams River.

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