05/01/2017 - 14:57

BMD in $13m Australind bridge

05/01/2017 - 14:57

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BMD Constructions has won a $13.6 million contract from Main Roads for a new traffic bridge in Australind, creating a third crossing over the Collie River.

Transport Minister Bill Marmion says work on the bridge will start this month. Photo: Attila Csaszar

BMD Constructions has won a $13.6 million contract from Main Roads for a new traffic bridge in Australind, creating a third crossing over the Collie River.

The bridge will be jointly funded by the state government and local councils the Shire of Harvey and Shire of Dardanup.

It will connect the local suburbs of Eaton, Treendale and Millbridge, and will include options for cycling and potential bus services.

The two existing links across the river in the area are Old Coast Road and Forrest Highway.

Australind is about 160 kilometres south of Perth and about 12km north-east of Bunbury.

Transport Minister Bill Marmion said work on the bridge would start this month.

"This will be a 224-metre long, 14.4-metre wide, six-span steel and concrete composite bridge, including a pedestrian walkway and two possum rope structures," he said.

"Construction is also expected to generate employment for up to 100 people - that's good news for West Australians.

"Reducing traffic pressure on the Forrest Highway and Old Coast Road will improve safety and provide faster access for emergency services vehicles in those communities.

"Once complete, this bridge will halve the travel distance between the two commercial precincts of the shires of Dardanup and Harvey."

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