Work starts on upgrades to bridges

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Construction over Williams River.
Camera IconConstruction over Williams River.

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.

Construction over Coalling Creek.Pictures: Michael Traill
Camera IconConstruction over Coalling Creek.Pictures: Michael Traill

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.

State Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
Camera IconState Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. Credit: Neil Watkinson

“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,” he said.

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

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