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Swan River Pedestrian Bridge work underway

A workforce of about 200 are now working on the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge following the decision to build the structure in Western Australia.

Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today visited some of the 110 steel workers based at Civmec’s fabrication workshop in Henderson.

Civmec is using local expertise to undertake the steel fabrication that will form the bridge arches, while other local suppliers such as Fremantle Steel are building the deck.

Other workers included in the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge Alliance – led by York Rizzani Joint Venture – are based at the East Perth site.

Some 60,000 workshop drawings have been produced by contractors in recent months, which had to be scrutinised and checked ahead of the steel fabrication work starting.

As Civmec produce the modules for the arches, they will be progressively transported to the laydown area in East Perth where the three arches will be assembled. All modules – 50 for the arches and 24 for the deck – are anticipated to be delivered to the laydown area by the end of the year.

In total, there are 2,172 tonnes of steel being used to build the bridge. The local manufacturing costs for the steel are estimated at $25 million, which has been incorporated into the revised overall bridge budget.