Mandurah City Council have revealed all lanes of the new bridge could be open by December 8.
At last Tuesday's meeting Town Ward councillor Dave Schumacher asked for an update on the new traffic bridge’s status.
Works and services director Allan Claydon said the City of Mandurah predicted the bridge to be fully open soon, with work set to move into the next stage.
The next stage will see crews undertaking landscaping work in the surrounding area, with Mr Claydon estimating that some side roads would need to be closed in that process.
There has been a hive of activity on Mandurah’s road network over the last few months.
On the back of the new Mandurah Bridge works, the city has taken the opportunity to enhance the road area of Pinjarra Road between the bridge and Sholl Street.
The works are part of the City of Mandurah’s vision for a “pedestrian-oriented city centre”.
The roadworks will be undertaken in a hope to increase pedestrian safety in the area.
The works include the relocating the central street lighting to the verge, overhead gantry-style traffic signals at Sholl Street, speed limit reduction in this area, and verge pavement upgrades.
These works are anticipated to be completed in December.
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According to the City of Mandurah, works are progressing well on the reconstruction of the Mandurah Road and Pinjarra Road intersection, with the project anticipated to finish in early December.
The reconstruction has involved widening the roads to accommodate future traffic volumes as the redeveloped Mandurah Forum shopping centre nears completion.
The road widening extends approximately 200-300 metres in each direction of the intersection.
It was the City of Mandurah and Main Roads WA’s vision to expand the roadworks to accommodate the future traffic demand and thus remove the need for future works and subsequent disruption to motorists.
To accommodate the growth in vehicle numbers associated with the Mandurah Forum shopping centre redevelopment, the upgrade of the intersection and road widening was essential.
The $9 million upgrade project is being jointly funded by the City, Main Roads WA and Vicinity Centres.
The project is a requirement of the Western Australian Planning Commission as part of the shopping complex redevelopment.
In town, traffic lights are being installed at the intersection of Peel Street and Sutton Street.
This is the final stage in the roadworks which will provide a traffic link for Sutton Street to connect through to Mandurah Terrace.
The traffic light installation works are due to be completed in the new year.
The City appreciates the patience of the community and local businesses during these and other transformative roadworks being undertaken in the city.
For more information on roadworks contact the City of Mandurah.