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Richardson Street Bridge reopened ahead of schedule

Essential maintenance work on the Richardson Street Bridge in Serpentine has wrapped up nearly a month ahead of schedule...

6 July 2018
Richardson Street Bridge Serpentine

Essential maintenance work on the Richardson Street Bridge in Serpentine has wrapped up nearly a month ahead of schedule, with the road now reopened to the public.

The bridge, which spans the Serpentine River, has been closed since February 19 to allow for works to improve its structural safety. Road closures have also been in place along Richardson Street between Summerfield Road and Karnup Road.

Earmarked for completion by the end of July, works have progressed quicker than expected, allowing the bridge to be reopened this week.

Funding for the $850,000 project was provided by the Federal Government and by Main Roads WA who also oversaw construction.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich visited the bridge last week and thanked nearby residents for their patience during construction.

“Richardson Street is a key link between the Serpentine and Mundijong town sites and the ensuring the bridge’s structural safety is paramount,” Cr Rich said.

“The project was a complex one, however, we’re pleased to say that construction has finished nearly a month earlier than expected and both the road and bridge have reopened.

“The old bridge stood for many decades and was in need of repair. On behalf of the Shire and our residents, I would like to thank all those involved in the project, and also thank residents and local businesses for their patience during the road closures.”

Meanwhile, the Shire has applied for funding to improve safety of along several local roads. At last month’s Ordinary Council Meeting, councillors endorsed funding applications under the 2019/20 State and Federal Black Spot programs for eight separate projects. The outcome of these applications is expected to be known by mid next year.

Image caption L:R Peter Sewell from Main Roads WA, Jeya Kumar from Main Roads WA, Dave Schlueter from Enviro, Cr Michelle Rich Shire President at Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Steve Harding Director of Infrastructure Services at Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Matt Gannon from Enviro and David Wrankmore from Main Roads WA.