Construction has begun on the causeway pedestrian and cyclist bridges project as a part of the Perth City Deal.
The $100 million project will feature two cable-stayed bridges, providing a 6-metre-wide shared path linking Victoria Park foreshore at McCallum Park with Heirisson Island and Perth’s CBD at Point Fraser.
Delivered by the Causeway Link Alliance (comprising Civmec Construction and Engineering Pty Ltd, Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd, WSP Australia Pty Ltd and Main Roads), the project will provide improvements to safety, connectivity and amenity for commuters, as well as tourists.
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Western Australia Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the upgrade would provide the community and tourists better connectivity and encourage more people to visit the CBD.
“We want to make walking and riding safe and convenient and encourage more people to utilise different modes of transport. To do that, we need to build infrastructure that connects our communities like the causeway pedestrian and cyclist bridges,” she said.
The existing causeway shared path is used by more than 3000 people every day and is no longer fit for purpose. With path user numbers predicted to rise, the dedicated pedestrian and cycling infrastructure will improve safety by separating path users from broader traffic.
The new bridges will offer alternative transport options with greater connectivity, as well as further enhancing the natural environment and public amenity.
The project site holds strong cultural significance to First Nations peoples, and in consultation with the project’s Matagarup Elders Group, interpretive architectural and landscape design has been incorporated to showcase Whadjuk Noongar culture and heritage.
The causeway pedestrian and cyclist bridges project is funded by the Federal Government and WA Government, providing $50 million each, and is expected to be complete in late 2024.