Expressions of Interest are now open for contractors wanting to assist in delivering the new pedestrian and cyclist bridge crossing the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.
The original Causeway Bridge was built in 1952 and is now one of central Perth's busiest connections. Currently, the bridge is too narrow to accommodate locals' demands using the bridge for running, walking, and cycling. The Causeway Bridge sees about 1,400 cyclists and 1,900 pedestrians daily, which equals around 5000,000 bike trips a year.
The new Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge Project will address these congestion issues by delivering two new bridge sections. The shorter 140-metre section of bridge will connect the City of Perth to Heirisson Island. The longer 250-metre river crossing bridge will complete the pedestrian and cycle path from the island into Victoria Park.
The new bridge design will draw inspiration from Aboriginal history and culture and will feature two pylons reaching 35 – 40 metres high. Stakeholder consultation, including representatives from local Aboriginal groups, has played a major role in developing the bridge's early concept design.
The new Causeway Bridge is a vital part of infrastructure for the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal and is expected to support 350 jobs, assisting in the state's post-COVID recovery. The bridge will be funded in a 50/50 joint venture of $50 million between the state government of Western Australia and the federal government.
Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure and Cities and Arts, Paul Fletcher MP, released a statement detailing how the project will impact the city of Perth.
"The new Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge forms part of the Perth City Deal's CBD Transport Plan and will play a major role in promoting active transport in Perth.
"We are investing in the vibrancy of the Perth CBD while creating a legacy of public infrastructure," Federal Minister Fletcher MP said.
Minister for Transport and Planning, Rita Saffioti also weighed in.
"The new Causeway Bridge will become another iconic structure across the Swan River, joining the WA-built Matagarup Bridge as another major attraction.
"We've invested over $250 million across four years to upgrade and increase cycling infrastructure across Western Australia," Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti said.
State Member for Perth, John Carey MLA, believes this monumental project will change the City of Perth for the better.
"Great liveable cities around the world encourage cycling and walking: it encourages healthier communities, creates activated streets and builds vibrant neighbourhoods.
"The new Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge will deliver a safer, more connected crossing for all kinds of cyclists and pedestrians. It's a project that's been talked about for years, so we're getting on with building it," State Member for Perth John Carey MLA said.
The Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge will become a significant tourist attraction for the city of Perth while also providing much-needed cycling and walking paths between CBD and Victoria Park.
This project's contract is expected to be awarded later this year with early works starting in 2022.
Source: Media Statement
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