Mandurah city councillors have voted unanimously in favour of the construction of an additional access point to boardwalks underneath the new traffic bridge.
At a meeting on Tuesday evening, councillors indicated their intentions give the proposed project the green light at their next ordinary council meeting, scheduled for April 24.
While council need to endorse the project, construction won't go ahead until the total funding spend is approved through the Peel Development Commission (PDC) and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPRD).
If approved, the project will link the waterside boardwalk directly to the bridge via a stairway.
At present, pedestrians have to access the city centre via Mandurah Terrace.
The plan to install the additional stairway was dropped when the local government was forced to review the project to keep it on budget.
According to a report presented to council by the city’s works and services director Allan Clayton, a number of bridge enhancement options had to be deleted from the previous plan to keep the budget on track.
Subject to funding approvals from PDC and DPRD, councillors look to approve unbudgeted expenditure of up to $254,190 for the extension.
The $254,190 was earned from interest off the $8.8 million provided by Royalities for Regions to replace the bridge.
The funding wasn’t required by Main Roads WA to complete the works.
Along with the stairway, the funding will also pay for revetment work to protect the infrastructure from water-based erosion.