24/01/2014 - 12:37

Elizabeth Quay bridge plan

24/01/2014 - 12:37


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Elizabeth Quay bridge plan
The bridge will provide a unique viewing platform across the Swan River. Photo: MRA.

The state government has released design plans for the 110-metre pedestrian bridge that will be a key feature of the Elizabeth Quay development.

The pedestrian bridge will span the entrance of the Elizabeth Quay inlet, allowing access between cafes and bars on the promenade to the island and new ferry terminal.

Planning Minister John Day said the bridge enhanced the design of the area while also meeting the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and boaters.

“At five metres wide and with a clearance of 5.2 metres off the water, the bridge will be generous enough for cyclists and pedestrians, sit high enough above the water for most boats to pass underneath and, will incorporate feature lighting to add to the ambience of the quay at night,” Mr Day said.

As part of ongoing construction works, a permanent redirection of a 300 metre section of Riverside Drive will begin next Tuesday, after Australia Day.

Additional closures and detours alongside Riverside Drive will be in place over the Australia Day long weekend for the City of Perth Skyworks event.

The Riverside Drive permanent redirection will be between Barrack and William streets to make way for the inlet construction. 

Mr Day said construction of a continuous wall within the Swan River had been completed and excavation of the 2.7-hectare inlet was set to begin soon.

“Dredging works will commence next week to create a new navigation channel in the Swan River and widen existing channels. This will allow boats to enter the future inlet,” he said. 

Water is expected to flow for the first time through the inlet by mid next year.

The State government is spending $440 million on Elizabeth Quay, and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has estimated that with private investment it will be a $2.6 billion project.


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