Construction is now underway to replace three single-lane bridges with dual-lane bridges on the Great Northern Highway in WA’s Kimberley, as part of a $33 million bridge replacement project.
The bridges cross Tickalara Creek, Frog Hollow Creek and Arthur Creek.
Construction will initially focus on the Tickalara Creek and Frog Hollow Creek Bridges, with a camp recently set up at Mabel Downs Station.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti says the replacement of these bridges is an important step in making Great Northern Highway more resilient to flood conditions and safer for heavy vehicle traffic and road users.
“The recent flooding in WA’s Kimberley region has highlighted the importance of road infrastructure investment to create safer, more sustainable and reliable transport routes,” she said.
Installation of safety barriers and site fencing has started, with clearing, foundation preparation and road approach earthworks scheduled for June and July. Arthur Creek bridge works will be undertaken during the 2024 dry season.
Along with the New Fitzroy River Bridge Project, this is among several road improvements underway this year in the region. Design specifications will ensure the new bridges are able to withstand future significant flood events.
The $33 million bridge replacement project is being funded by the Australian Government’s commitment of $26.4 million and the State Government’s commitment of $6.6 million.
“This is great news for the communities in this part of the Kimberley who depend on reliable and safe travel and freight transport links over these crossings,” said Senator for Western Australia Glenn Sterle.
“Projects like this are important to not only assist employment and businesses in the communities these bridges connect, but also to provide better infrastructure and safer roads lasting long into the future,” he added.
“The Australian Government is pleased to be co-funding these much-needed bridge replacements, effectively reducing safety hazards and streamlining passenger travel and freight transport links between these essential communities.”