• Progress continues on the Fitzroy River Bridge Replacement project in Western Australia.

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Progress continues on the Fitzroy River Bridge Replacement project in Western Australia.

The construction of a brand-new Fitzroy River Bridge in Western Australia is going smoothly, as the first deck pieces are scheduled to be installed within the next month.

In December 2022, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie caused major damage to the Fitzroy River Bridge, necessitating its reconstruction.

The Fitzroy River Bridge Replacement project aims to construct a new two-lane bridge over the Fitzroy River, providing a pedestrian pathway, reconstructing bridge approaches, constructing flood and scour protection, and modifying utility services. The new bridge will be six times stronger and 100 meters longer.

The large-scale infrastructure project in a remote region, involving local community employment, showcases collaboration between Commonwealth, State, and local governments in the recovery efforts. The new bridge will link the region to national supply chains, addressing seasonal rains and floods, according to Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, and Local Government Catherine King.

The New Fitzroy River Bridge project will use an innovative engineering model, assembling a launch pad on the western side of the river to move the bridge deck in increments. This method ensures work is not affected by rising water levels during the wet season and allows completion even if the river is flowing. Construction of 34 piles has been underway since June, with pile caps being built on top to allow columns to be installed. Despite heavy rainfall in late June, construction progress continues, with the community expected to see the segments of the new bridge taking shape soon. Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti praised the community’s efforts to reconnect the Kimberley.

The Fitzroy Bridge Alliance, consisting of Georgiou Group, BMD Constructions, and BG&E, was appointed to deliver the Fitzroy River Bridge Replacement project. Main Roads Western Australia and the Alliance will collaborate with local Traditional Owners, training agencies, and third parties to maximize opportunities for workers and businesses. The construction project is progressing well, providing skills training and meaningful employment for the community, as part of the Fitzroy Valley recovery journey. Federal Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt expressed his excitement for the project’s completion. The Fitzroy River Bridge Replacement has provided employment for over 100 locals, with about a quarter of crew hours allocated to Aboriginal people.

The Alliance has committed $7 million to Aboriginal-owned businesses in the Fitzroy Valley for a bridge replacement project funded jointly by the Australian and Western Australian Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

The new Fitzroy River Bridge is expected to open to traffic by mid-2024. The project aims to restore a permanent connection, deliver economic benefits, and create job opportunities for impacted communities.

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