Pinjarra Suspension Bridge Works Delayed to Late 2021
Published on 04 June 2021
Pinjarra Suspension Bridge works will be undertaken towards the end of 2021, but the refurbishment will not proceed as originally proposed.
According to Chief Executive Officer Mr. Dean Unsworth, works will be scaled back due to the prohibitive discrepancy between initial cost estimates and tender submissions.
“The scope of the project is currently being revised with a focus on addressing structural and accessibility issues to ensure compliance with Australian design standards.
“Unfortunately, the nice-to-have features including the addition of lighting and artwork, will more than likely not proceed.
“Once the extent and scope of the works have been determined, pricing will be sought,” Mr. Unsworth said.
Councillors considered the tenders at the May Council Meeting, voting to reject all tenders submitted and endorse progressing plans to undertake rehabilitation works.
Th project arose following assessments that highlighted the need to address issues with the bridge’s towers, as well as the differing surface levels between the town square and the bridge deck, which created a decline non-compliant with accessibility standards.
In July 2020, the Shire received funding to undertake the project as part of phase one of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications’ Local Roads and Community Infrastructure fund.
Bridge designers were engaged to undertake survey and geotechnical investigations and deliver the bridge designs.
Community consultation took place between October and November 2020 and the tender process began in February 2021.
“The iconic Pinjarra Suspension Bridge is a popular attraction and pedestrian crossing over the Murray River and while we are unable to finance the full replacement, it is important that we undertake the necessary works to ensure it continues to be enjoyed by residents and visitors,” Mr. Unsworth said.