Premier Mark McGowan has this morning announced a new pedestrian and cycling bridge will be built next to the causeway, providing a safer connection between East Perth and Victoria Park.
According to his statement, the project will take around 1,400 cyclists and 1,900 of the 2 metre-wide Causeway path each day, equating to over 500,000 bike trips a year.
“This new bridge will take pedestrians and cyclists off the Causeway Bridge, and provide a safer connection from the CBD to Victoria Park and beyond,” he said.
“This is a signature project that will create hundreds of local jobs and deliver a pipeline of work for our local WA industry.”
Citing the previous Government’s insistence on using overseas contracts to build the Matagarup Bridge, Premier McGowan said this will be a locally-focused project: “We know that WA workers can do the work and do it well.
The project is estimated to cost around $50million, and the initial concept seen on the post is the result of consultations with the Wadjuk working group:
“Consultation will continue, to ensure the bridge showcases local Aboriginal heritage and meets environmental needs…
“The design of the structural elements of the bridges derive inspiration from the stories of Fanny Balbuk and Yagan – two key figures associated with Heirisson Island.”