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Advanced bridge project to open up Perth’s north-west

An advanced ‘launching’ technique means the construction of two bridges will have minimal impact on Mitchell Freeway traffic flow in north-west Perth

The Western Australian government has announced the construction of two new bridges over the Mitchell Freeway, however the project is set to cause minimal disruption to commuters thanks to an advanced construction method.

The bridges are being constructed to support the Stephenson Avenue and Stirling Station Bus Interchanges and will be progressively built and ‘launched’ from one side of the freeway to the other.

The building technique was selected for its ability to maintain commuter access to the Mitchell Freeway and train services and will take approximately six months to complete at a cost of $288 million.

Western Australian transport minister Rita Saffioti says the work has the potential to be “transformational” for the city.

“This Stephenson Avenue Extension project is transformational for this part of our city, and will make a big difference to the way people commute and get around,” Saffioti says.

“We are completely changing the way local residents and visitors will access this area, while creating more opportunity by opening up undeveloped land near the freeway and Stirling Station.”

“Over the next six months, people will see these bridges gradually emerging over the Mitchell Freeway, but the construction method we’re using means that access for road users and train commuters will be maintained.”

Scarborough and Malcatta MLAs Stuart Aubrey and David Michael believe the development will help improve commutes for existing local residents and open the potential to attract new ones to the region.

“The Stephenson Avenue Extension will enable a transformation towards the future Stirling City Centre, unlocking development in the area,” Michael says.

“This future development area is well connected for pedestrians, cycling and public transport options in addition to the road upgrades.”

“Congestion through this area has long been a point of frustration for locals, which is why we’re getting on with the job of improving things,” Aubrey says.

“This project will enhance the way visitors and locals commute through the area, and also plug a critical gap on our shared path network along the Mitchell Freeway.

“We’ll see new opportunities for housing development unlocked in a prime location alongside the Stirling bus interchange and train station.”

The construction of the bridges will allow several added modifications to be made to the Mitchell Freeway and Stirling Bus Interchange as part of a second phase of construction, including expanding the bus interchange from an 18-stand to a 30-stand facility, and the removal of off and on-bound ramps at the Mitchell Freeway and Cedric Street interchange.

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