The Western Australian Government has fully funded the Mandurah Estuary Bridge duplication as part of the 2021-22 State Budget, which will help provide better connections to the Peel region and the Dawesville community.
The four-lane Mandurah Estuary Bridge was first opened in December 2017, delivered by the Georgiou Group to replace the Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge.
The Mandurah Estuary Bridge project will construct an additional bridge next to the existing Mandurah Estuary Bridge. The bridge will provide an additional two lanes for traffic, and connect cyclists and pedestrians to the southern area of Mandurah. It will have the same configuration as the existing bridge.
More than 500 local jobs will be created and supported during the project, creating a pipeline of work for local businesses.
The total project cost is $110 million, with $55 million already secured from the Commonwealth Government as part of the 2021-22 Budget.
The project was a key election commitment for the Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan.
“I know how frustrating this connection can be for locals, so I’m pleased we have fully funded this project,” Premier McGowan said.
“The Mandurah Estuary Bridge is a key connection between Mandurah and its southern areas and as the population of our second city grows, so will the traffic using this structure,” he added.
More than 32,000 vehicles use the bridge each day, with 126 crashes over the five years ending 2020.
The upgrades will result in significant congestion reduction across the bridge, as well as addressing safety issues associated with motorists merging prior to crossing.
Early works being undertaken by Main Roads include environmental and heritage assessments, preliminary site investigations, concept design and stakeholder consultation.
This project is expected to start construction in early 2022 and be finished construction by mid 2025.