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Safer Albany Highway bridges to support heavy vehicles

A project to replace ageing bridges on the Albany Highway in Williams, Western Australia will benefit the heavy vehicle industry the state government has announced.

The new bridges, funded jointly by the Federal and WA governments at an estimated cost of $12.2 million will increase load limits from 20 tonnes to 166 tonnes.

Approximately 4,500 vehicles use the bridges in Williams each day with 17 per cent of them heavy vehicles.

The works also include improvements to Albany Highway and intersection improvements at Richardson Road.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack said the project would replace two bridges located at the northern end over Coalling Creek and southern end over the Williams River.

“The Australian Government recognised the significance of these bridges, so we fast-tracked the funding to ensure works began this spring,” he said.

“The replacements will improve driving conditions for local residents and freight operators, delivering safer and more productive bridges that are fit-for-purpose.”

Completion of the project has been projected for the end of 2019.

The Australian Government has committed $5 million to the project under Round 3 of the Bridges Renewal Program with the WA Government funding the remaining costs of $7.2 million.

“When the Western Australian Government was successful in getting funding from the Bridges Renewal Program earlier this year, we looked at what other Williams traffic improvements we could include,” said Rita Saffioti, Western Australian Transport Minister.

“As a result, the project now includes social amenity improvements, such as additional street lighting and pedestrian connectivity, as well as the two bridges that will improve safety and reliability for all road users on Albany Highway,” she said.

"The construction of temporary crossings over the waterways occurred earlier this year, and were also funded by the Australian Government, ensuring local, tourist and freight traffic can continue using Albany Highway during these important bridge works."

Temporary bridges and speed restrictions will be in place during the construction phase.

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