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Alliance contract finalised for Fitzroy River Bridge

Damage to Fitzroy River Bridge caused by Hurricane Ellie

Contracts have been finalised for an alliance comprising Georgiou Group , BMD Constructions, and BG&E to construct the new Fitzroy River Bridge in Western Australia.

The Fitzroy River Bridge was hit by Tropical Cyclone Ellie in late December 2022, causing significant damage to the structure which now requires major works. These repairs are set to begin in May 2023.

The Fitzroy River Bridge Replacement will include the construction of a two-lane bridge over the Fitzroy River, provision of a pedestrian pathway, bridge approaches to connect the new bridge to the existing great Northern Freeway and modification of utility services required for the construction of the works.

The three companies will form the Fitzroy Bridge Alliance along with WA Main Roads.

Designs for the new bridge are progressing, with site works on track to begin in April, subject to weather and the resolution of environmental and heritage issues.


 

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Work on constructing the first of two new low-level crossings is underway. The crossing, which is adjacent to the old Fitzroy River Crossing, will allow four-wheel-drive vehicle access across the river in early April if river conditions remain favourable.

A second, low-level, two-lane crossing 150 metres upstream of the old bridge, which would cater for higher traffic volumes, including freight vehicles and pedestrians, could be operational by May 2023 providing access across the river during this year’s dry season.

Western Australia Minister for Planning Rita Saffioti said the finalisation of the contract marks a “major milestone” in reconnecting east and west Kimberley following flood damage.

“We know how critical this bridge is to reconnecting East and West Kimberley, which is why we fast-tracked the procurement process, with the establishment of the Fitzroy Bridge Alliance being achieved incredibly fast for a project of such size and complexity,” Saffioti said.

The Fitzroy Bridge building works are funded through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. The new bridge is scheduled to be operational by mid-2024.

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